intercommunal

adjective

in·​ter·​com·​mu·​nal ˌin-tər-kə-ˈmyü-nᵊl How to pronounce intercommunal (audio)
-ˈkäm-yə-nᵊl
variants or less commonly inter-communal
: occurring or existing between two or more communities
intercommunal violence

Examples of intercommunal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, some experts warn, a kind of national loyalty campaign that focuses largely on Palestinians and Arab Israelis is almost certain to set back yearslong efforts to diversify the workforce in key economic sectors and foster intercommunal peace through private sector initiatives. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Dec. 2023 Hamas' terror attack on Oct. 7 and Israel's subsequent siege and invasion of Gaza raised fears of intercommunal unrest in France, which has both the largest Muslim and Jewish communities of any European nation. Tom Soufi Burridge, ABC News, 8 Nov. 2023 Iraq has weathered a lengthy insurgency that generated al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), which later morphed into the Islamic State (also known as ISIS); the country remains riven by intercommunal rivalry and Iranian influence. Ben Rhodes, Foreign Affairs, 24 Aug. 2021 But the ramifications of this latest round of Israeli-Palestinian confrontation—Israeli military strikes in Gaza, Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli cities, and rising intercommunal violence between Arabs and Jews—will be long-lasting and profound. Khalil Shikaki, Foreign Affairs, 19 May 2021 Since then, sporadic intercommunal clashes have increased in the region. NBC News, 26 Apr. 2022 The war was accompanied by deadly intercommunal street battles and bloody confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers across the West Bank. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 The devastating riots in cities across America that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, and in Los Angeles after the beating of Rodney King in 1992, sure looked like the kind of intercommunal violence that Marche conjures as a specter from the future. Fintan O’Toole, The Atlantic, 16 Dec. 2021 The battle for power between Sudan’s top two generals has reignited intercommunal violence in the country’s Darfur region, a gold-rich area still scarred by what is widely considered the first genocide of the 21st century. Nicholas Bariyo, wsj.com, 5 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intercommunal was in 1854

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“Intercommunal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intercommunal. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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