Definition of Balkanize in English:


Line breaks: Bal¦kan|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːlkənʌɪz
, ˈbɒl-/
(also Balkanise)


[with object]
Divide (a region or body) into smaller mutually hostile states or groups: ambitious neighbours would snatch pieces of territory, Balkanizing the country (as adjective Balkanized) the balkanized world of the Senate Banking Committee
More example sentences
  • Meanwhile this often Balkanised city has been united by the Lakers' triumph.
  • But they also Balkanised the research, dividing it up into many different journals, most of which charge for access.
  • Preferential agreements are creating ‘a series of islands or island economic units’ and there is a risk of ‘further Balkanising the global economy.’


1920s: from Balkan Peninsula (where this was done in the late 19th and early 20th century) + -ize.



Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
More example sentences
  • The division of peoples along national, ethnic and religious lines can lead only to a Balkanisation of the continent, with the most terrible consequences.
  • What do we want, a Balkanisation of the country?
  • The drive to create a clearer national identity is also backed by religious leaders who are likewise concerned about the Balkanisation of the country.

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