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balkanize

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verb bal·kan·ize \ˈbȯl-kə-ˌnīz\

Definition of balkanize

bal·kan·izedbal·kan·iz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to break up (as a region or group) into smaller and often hostile units

  3. 2 :  divide, compartmentalize <now pop culture has been balkanized; it is full of niches, with different groups watching and playing their own things — Richard Corliss>

bal·kan·i·za·tion play \ˌbȯl-kə-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun often capitalized


Origin of balkanize

Balkan Peninsula


First Known Use: 1919


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