Meaning of communalism

com•mu•nal•ism

Pronunciation: (ku-myn'l-iz"um, kom'yu-nl-), [key]
— n.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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