tribalism [trahy-buh-liz-uh m] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. the customs and beliefs of tribal life and society.
  2. strong loyalty to one’s own tribe, party, or group.

Origin of tribalism First recorded in 1885–90; tribal + -ism Related formstrib·al·ist, nountri·bal·is·tic, adjective Examples from the Web for tribalism Contemporary Examples of tribalism

  • They have their various neighborhood, civic, recreational and national identities, none of which are defined by Jewish tribalism.

    On the Value of Remaining Identified as a Jew, in the Absence of Faith

    Mira Sucharov

    October 7, 2013

  • Their tribalism makes them instinctive defenders of Israeli action.

    Collapse Of The American Jewish Center?

    Peter Beinart

    May 7, 2013

  • This newly shaped global brain can topple the traditional barriers of religion, tribalism, nationalism, and political oppression.

    Deepak Chopra: The Mideast Protests, Social Networks & the Global Brain

    Deepak Chopra

    September 22, 2012

  • Sometimes feminism seems just a form of tribalism: the woman is always right, especially when she’s wrong.

    Was Helen Gurley Brown A Feminist?

    David Frum

    August 14, 2012

  • The country is riven by tribalism, regionalism and a host of armed militias who so far have refused to disarm.

    A Ray of Light in Islamist Gloom

    Benny Morris

    July 17, 2012

  • Historical Examples of tribalism

  • Christianity was the first expression of world religion, the first complete repudiation of tribalism and war and disputation.

    The World Set Free

    Herbert George Wells

  • But the Celtic state did not emerge from tribalism in Britain; the Celtic heroes were always tribal heroes.

    Folklore as an Historical Science

    George Laurence Gomme

  • Treitschke is the prophet of tribalism, Nietzsche of ruthlessness, Bernhardi of ambition.

    Gems (?) of German Thought


  • A strange compound of feudalism with tribalism ensued, in the shape of mongrel chieftaincies, henceforth the predominant powers.

    Irish History and the Irish Question

    Goldwin Smith

  • British Dictionary definitions for tribalism tribalism noun

    1. the state of existing as a separate tribe or tribes
    2. the customs and beliefs of a tribal society
    3. loyalty to a tribe or tribal values

    Derived Formstribalist, noun, adjectivetribalistic, adjective Word Origin and History for tribalism n.

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

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