com·​mu·​nal·​ism | \kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of communalism 

1 : social organization on a communal basis

2 : loyalty to a sociopolitical grouping based on religious or ethnic affiliation

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communalist \kə-​ˈmyü-​nə-​list \ noun or adjective

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India’s courts are woefully backlogged, and rising communalism clashes – sometimes violently – with equally rising demands for individual rights. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Global decline in democracy? The lesson from India may be 'Not so fast.'," 16 Mar. 2018 So why has this generation of stage, television and cinematic impresarios found new resonance in this old form of communalism? A. O. Scott, New York Times, "The Return of the Artistic Company," 18 Feb. 2018 Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party has injected a toxic communalism into the Indian body politic, creating the space for lynchings and other extra-judicial crimes to occur with alarming frequency. Amar Diwakar, New Republic, "India’s Murderous Turn From Democracy," 19 Sep. 2017 One detects in Ferris, a former ad copywriter, a freelancer’s unanticipated nostalgia for the communalism of gossip by the copy machine and desultory Nerf ball tossing. Will Blythe, New York Times, "In Joshua Ferris’s Stories, Couples Lead Lives of Quiet Desperation," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of communalism

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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