Definition of communalism in US English:



  • 1A principle of political organization based on federated communes.

    • ‘Israel is a socialist state founded on communalism (kibbutzes for example).’
    • ‘The fundamental element of Sri Lankan politics since independence in 1948, and even before, has been the predominance of communalism.’
    • ‘An effort to prove that there exists a democratic alternative to globalisation and communalism.’
    • ‘At a certain point in the nineties, the NBA sought to move in the direction of developing such a holistic agenda, connecting issues of communalism, militarization, neoliberal globalization.’
    • ‘In 1972, communalism was entrenched in the constitution, which makes Buddhism the state religion.’
    • ‘The inability of any section of the ruling class to end this disastrous conflict stems from the fact that it can no more relinquish communalism than it can give up its wealth and social privileges.’
    • ‘The resort to communalism is a desperate attempt by the ruling elite to divert the mounting anger and frustration and to set working people against each other.’
    • ‘He deplored the rise of communalism and ethnic-based politics.’
    • ‘In Sri Lanka, where the ruling class has resorted to communalism to buttress its rule for decades, nationalism takes particularly reactionary forms.’
    1. 1.1 The principle or practice of living together and sharing possessions and responsibilities.
      • ‘She was attracted to communalism, practiced homeopathy and diet reform, critiqued unfair labor practices, and excoriated men for their treatment of women.’
      • ‘Values and principles such as sharing, co-operation, altruism, communalism, nonviolence, nonconfrontation, consultation, consensus.’
      • ‘Perhaps, given dozens, even hundreds of attempts, it could begin to shift all of humanity towards peaceful, carefully administrated communalism, but by then how far would Its mind be gone?’
      • ‘His school practised secrecy and communalism making it hard to distinguish between the work of Pythagoras and that of his followers.’
      • ‘It can be read as a long-running dialectic between individualism and communalism.’
  • 2Allegiance to one's own ethnic group rather than to the wider society.

    • ‘Those fighting dams or development projects cannot elude issues of communalism or caste politics in their spheres of influence - even at the cost of short-term success in their immediate campaign.’
    • ‘Today more than ever, their struggles against patriarchy involve confronting communalism within their own communities.’
    • ‘When Urdu was the dominant language there was no feeling of communalism.’
    • ‘The rise of communalism and role of hate propaganda could have been highlighted better.’
    • ‘He identified communalism as the biggest curse of the society.’
    • ‘It is a great pity that communalism has gripped the minds of those great leaders who were called the pillars of Congress’.’
    • ‘It may sound old-fashioned but the best way to tackle communalism is surely bringing people together to stand up for their common interests.’
    • ‘The SEP calls on workers to decisively reject all forms of communalism and chauvinism and to champion the democratic rights of all, regardless of their ethnicity, language or religion.’
    • ‘Even though communalism is the chief source of recent violence in the district, the State by its inability to restrain it bears equal responsibility for the violence.’
    • ‘Based in part on fear and ignorance of the other, communalism often gives rise to conflict and violence between communities.’
    • ‘To carry this through, workers must decisively reject all forms of communalism and racism.’
    • ‘The women stood on the traffic island holding banners and posters against communalism and violence while the children recited poems highlighting the need for love and humaneness.’
    • ‘He appealed to the people to frustrate the evil designs of those people who wanted to undermine national unity and integrity by spreading communalism in the society.’
    • ‘We have to fight this menace of communalism and terrorism together.’
    • ‘Can we boast of our Independence when the evils of communalism, violence, and hatred still reign supreme?’
    • ‘The truth is both the Indian and Pakistani elites have tried to defect social discontent by fanning communalism and religious fundamentalism.’
    • ‘Moreover the relationship in itself and social goodwill and the economic uplift connected to it would also help in solving the internal problems of ethnicity and communalism that have gripped these societies.’
    • ‘They have failed to check the rising communalism in the society.’
    • ‘All of them bear responsibility for the social disaster created by the protracted war, the destruction of basic democratic rights and the growth of ethnic hatred and communalism.’
    • ‘From poetry-reading to kite-flying it is a day to retie the threads of a composite culture threatened by communalism.’