balkanize


bal·kan·ize

verb, often capitalized \ˈbl-kə-ˌnīz\
bal·kan·izedbal·kan·iz·ing

Definition of BALKANIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to break up (as a region or group) into smaller and often hostile units
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 \ˌbl-kə-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun often capitalized

Origin of BALKANIZE

Balkan Peninsula
First Known Use: 1919

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