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1. The tendency to separate into religious denominations.
2. Advocacy of separation into religious denominations.
3. Strict adherence to a denomination; sectarianism.

de·nom′i·na′tion·al·ist n. & adj.


1. (Theology) adherence to particular principles, esp to the tenets of a religious denomination; sectarianism
2. (Sociology) the tendency to divide or cause to divide into sects or denominations
3. (Sociology) division into denominations
deˌnomiˈnationalist n, adj


(sɛkˈtɛər i əˌnɪz əm)

narrow-minded devotion to a particular sect, esp. in religion.


1. the policy of being sectarian in spirit, especially in carrying out religious policy.
2. the tendency to separate or cause to separate into sects or denominations. — denominationalist, n., adj.
See also: Politics
1. the policy or spirit of denominations or sects.
2. the tendency to divide into denominations or sects. — denominationalist, n.
See also: Protestantism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.denominationalism - a narrow-minded adherence to a particular sect or party or denomination; "he condemned religious sectarianism"
narrow-mindedness, narrowness - an inclination to criticize opposing opinions or shocking behavior
2.denominationalism - the tendency, in Protestantism, to separate into religious denominations or to advocate such separations
inclination, tendency, disposition - an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict"
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Throughout, Adams traces religious developments and conflicts, including synagogue reforms and the rise of denominationalism, which alternately hindered and aided political action.
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He called for the renewal of the very church itself, a force for life in the midst of a culture of death, a sign of unity in a war-making world rather than a wall of warriors devoted to the enshrinement of denominationalism.
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Contributors explore the micropolitics of denominationalism within communities, the ways in which Christian denominations shape ideas of the nation and practices of citizenship, and the ways in which religion and politics are explicitly articulated in relation to each other.
Does Hietamaki signal that denominationalism has now become a redundant concept?
Today''s emphasis seem to have been overtaken by nationalism and the language issue, when once it was denominationalism that caused people to separate.
The denominationalism of the education system, favoured by both Protestant and Catholic Churches, meant that Protestants were able to protect their religious ethos in their schools.
In chapter 6, "The Weak Points of Liberal Denominationalism," Lichti draws a number of more concise conclusions.
Petersen of the Boston Theological Institute on denominationalism and post-denominationalism in American Christianity illustrates the parallels to the Jewish situation.