communalist

communalism

[kuh-myoon-l-iz-uhm, kom-yuh-nl-]
noun
1.
a theory or system of government according to which each commune is virtually an independent state and the nation is merely a federation of such states.
2.
the principles or practices of communal ownership.
3.
strong allegiance to one's own ethnic group rather than to society as a whole.

Origin:
1870–75; communal + -ism

communalist, noun
communalistic, adjective
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communalism (ˈkɒmjʊnəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
1.  a system or theory of government in which the state is seen as a loose federation of self-governing communities
2.  an electoral system in which ethnic groups vote separately for their own representatives
3.  loyalty to the interests of one's own ethnic group rather than to society as a whole
4.  the practice or advocacy of communal living or ownership
 
'communalist
 
n
 
communa'listic
 
adj

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communalism
1871 (in ref. to Paris), from communal + -ism.
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