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[trahy-buh-liz-uh m] /ˈtraɪ bəˌlɪz əm/
the customs and beliefs of tribal life and society.
strong loyalty to one's own tribe, party, or group.
Origin of tribalism
1885-90; tribal + -ism
Related forms
tribalist, noun
tribalistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • The social benefits of a shared faith aren't much different from the social benefits of tribalism.
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British Dictionary definitions for tribalism


the state of existing as a separate tribe or tribes
the customs and beliefs of a tribal society
loyalty to a tribe or tribal values
Derived Forms
tribalist, noun, adjective
tribalistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for tribalism

1886, "condition of being a tribe," from tribal + -ism. Meaning "group loyalty" attested by 1955.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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