Balkanize meaning

bôlkə-nīz
To divide (a region or territory) into small, often hostile units.
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To divide (an organization or system) into small, incompatible units.

Changes that would Balkanize the corporation.

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To break up into small, mutually hostile political units, as the Balkans after WWI.
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Alternative capitalization of Balkanize.
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Origin of balkanize

  • From the political division of the Balkan countries in the early 20th century

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition