Balkanize /ˈbɔːlkənʌɪz, ˈbɒlkənʌɪz / Balkanise


I. verb [with obj.]

1. divide (a region or body) into smaller mutually hostile states or groups.

ambitious neighbours would snatch pieces of territory, Balkanizing the country.
(as adj. Balkanized)
the balkanized world of the Senate Banking Committee.
II. derivatives

Balkanization /ˌbɔːlkənʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n, ˌbɒlkənʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n /

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

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