com·​mu·​nal·​ism | \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce communalism (audio) \

Definition of communalism

1 : social organization on a communal basis
2 : loyalty to a sociopolitical grouping based on religious or ethnic affiliation

Other Words from communalism

communalist \ kə-​ˈmyü-​nə-​list How to pronounce communalism (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of communalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most harmless version of modern communalism is passionate fandom for a sports team, but even here Pessoa remained an outsider. Benjamin Kunkel, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 Between communitarianism and selfishness, between communalism and capitalism. Lauren Puckett, Town & Country, 4 Apr. 2021 Murugan’s latest novel folds the violent repressions of contemporary India — the casteism and communalism — into the biography of a deeply unlucky little goat. New York Times, 2 Dec. 2020 One based on values of communalism, kindness, and generosity. Leora Smith, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 When the American dream is framed as independence rather than communalism, the benefits of city life start to seem like detriments instead. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 19 June 2020 Societal structures shaped by oppressive structural forces of casteism, classism, communalism, elitism, and patriarchy render a certain section vulnerable. Anup Agarwal & Yogesh Jain, Quartz India, 29 Mar. 2020 To stem the tide, to prevent a swift decline into communalism and authoritarianism, the outrage seen on the streets will need to translate into a robust and organized political opposition. Madhav Khosla, Time, 6 Jan. 2020 While Owen and Maclure had grand visions for a society based on communalism, kindness, education, and equality, the community’s day-to-day life was a mess. Diana Budds, Curbed, 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of communalism

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Communalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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