Meaning of “centralism” in the English Dictionary


"centralism" in English

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centralismnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈsen.trə.lɪ.zəm/ us /ˈsen.trə.lɪ.zəm/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • But the effective centralizing principle was not represented by the Emperor, for he stood for what was after all largely a sham centralism, because it was a centralism on a scale for which the Germanic world was not ripe. 
  • Modern "liberalism" has abandoned American constitutional government and replaced it with democratic centralism, which, in fundamental theory, is identical with the democratic centralism of the Soviet Union, and of every other major nation existing today. 
  • The proposition was supported by Mr. James Wilson—both of these gentlemen being delegates from Pennsylvania, and both among the most earnest advocates of centralism in the Convention. 
  • There is one other provision of the Constitution, which is generally adduced by the friends of centralism as antagonistic to State sovereignty. 
  • When you enlarge the land area and population controlled by democratic centralism you must necessarily diminish freedom for the people, because the problems of centralized government increase with the size of population and area which it controls. 

(Definition of “centralism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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