trib|al|ism [ `traıbl,ızəm ] noun uncount
a way of thinking or behaving in which people are more loyal to their tribe than to their friends, their country, or any other social group
a. very strong loyalty that someone feels for the group they belong to, usually combined with the feeling of disliking all other groups or being different from them

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • tribalism — tribalísm s. n. Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  TRIBALÍSM n. Organizare socială la baza căreia stă tribul. /<fr., engl. tribalisme Trimis de siveco, 22.08.2004. Sursa: NODEX  TRIBALÍSM s.n. Organizare socială pe… …   Dicționar Român

  • Tribalism — Trib al*ism, n. The state of existing in tribes; also, tribal feeling; tribal prejudice or exclusiveness; tribal peculiarities or characteristics. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tribalism — 1886, “condition of being a tribe,” from TRIBAL (Cf. tribal) + ISM (Cf. ism). Meaning “group loyalty” attested by 1955 …   Etymology dictionary

  • tribalism — [trī′bəl iz΄əm] n. 1. tribal organization, culture, loyalty, etc. 2. a strong sense of identifying with and being loyal to one s tribe, group, etc. tribalist adj., n. tribalistic adj …   English World dictionary

  • Tribalism — The internal social structure of a tribe can vary greatly from case to case, but, due to the small size of tribes, it is always a relatively simple structure, with few (if any) significant social distinctions between individuals. Some tribes are… …   Wikipedia

  • tribalism —    The distinction between the tribes of Europe are well known, and have indeed led to wars spilling well beyond the bounds of Europe. The threat of such recurrence has brought Helmut Kohl, the previous Chancellor of Germany, to imply in a… …   Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture

  • tribalism — [[t]tra͟ɪbəlɪzəm[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT Tribalism is the state of existing as a tribe. Apartheid used tribalism as the basis of its divide and rule homeland policies. 2) N UNCOUNT (disapproval) You can use tribalism to refer to the loyalties that… …   English dictionary

  • tribalism — tribal ► ADJECTIVE ▪ of or characteristic of a tribe or tribes. ► NOUN (tribals) ▪ members of tribal communities. DERIVATIVES tribalism noun tribalist noun tribally adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • tribalism — noun Date: 1861 1. tribal consciousness and loyalty; especially exaltation of the tribe above other groups 2. strong in group loyalty …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tribalism — tribalist, n. tribalistic, adj. /truy beuh liz euhm/, n. 1. the customs and beliefs of tribal life and society. 2. strong loyalty to one s own tribe, party, or group. [1885 90; TRIBAL + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • tribalism — noun a) The condition of being tribal b) A feeling of identity and loyalty to ones tribe …   Wiktionary

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