ma·​jor·​i·​tar·​i·​an·​ism mə-ˌjȯr-ə-ˈter-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce majoritarianism (audio)
: the philosophy or practice according to which decisions of an organized group should be made by a numerical majority of its members

Examples of majoritarianism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, the last 10 years have been rife with incidents of Hindu majoritarianism. Aakash Hassan, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Apr. 2024 But then, a deadly mix of religious and linguistic majoritarianism reared its head. Ramachandra Guha, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Similarly, there is suspicion among minority communities that the National Unity Government could return to the Buddhist-Bamar majoritarianism that characterized Aung San Suu Kyi’s rule. Avinash Paliwal, Foreign Affairs, 24 Jan. 2024 Those protesting the law—which for the first time determines Indian citizenship on the basis of religion—see it as emblematic of growing authoritarianism and Hindu majoritarianism. Madhav Khosla, Foreign Affairs, 5 Feb. 2020 With Arab nationalism on the wane and majoritarianism ascendant sectarian alignments are now coming to the fore. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 10 Apr. 2012 Traditional majoritarianism reduces polarization, creates strong candidates, and gives voters a recognizable opposition that can be called upon when necessary. Sean-Michael Pigeon, National Review, 23 June 2021 And from majoritarianism to authoritarianism is a very short slide backwards. Angelina Jolie, Time, 17 Apr. 2021 In newspaper columns and academic work, Mehta had been critical of the majoritarianism of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Billy Perrigo, Time, 19 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of majoritarianism was in 1942

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“Majoritarianism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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