de·​trib·​al·​ize (ˌ)dē-ˈtrī-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce detribalize (audio)
detribalized; detribalizing

transitive verb

: to cause to lose tribal identity : acculturate

Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of detribalize was in 1920

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“Detribalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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