Adjective "balkanised" definition and examples

(Balkanised may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Divide (a region or body) into smaller mutually hostile states or groups.
  1. 'the balkanized world of the Senate Banking Committee'
  2. 'Also, the complexity of the subject, involving such disparate matters as mechanics and neurobiology, has Balkanized it.'
  3. 'As soon as people can vote, China will Balkanize and become many smaller countries.'
  4. 'Our country is becoming more Balkanized around these issues and these products.'
  5. 'Each book, however, provides an antidote to the compartmentalized, Balkanized state of public discussion and academic research.'
  6. 'But they also Balkanised the research, dividing it up into many different journals, most of which charge for access.'
  7. 'As politicians and pundits howled, the criminal justice system was Balkanised and neglected.'
  8. 'It is Balkanized along state laws that end up protecting the monopoly utilities.'
  9. 'Preferential agreements are creating ‘a series of islands or island economic units’ and there is a risk of ‘further Balkanising the global economy.’'
  10. 'Companies without a long tradition of commonization are Balkanized.'
  11. 'It seems to me things have become more and more Balkanized.'

More definitions

1. to divide (a country, territory, etc.) into small, quarrelsome, ineffectual states.

2. (often lowercase) to divide (groups, areas, etc.) into contending and usually ineffectual factions: a movement to balkanize minority voters.

More examples(as adjective)

"lefts can be balkanised in highlights."

"lefts can be balkanised in coasts."

"lefts can be balkanised."


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