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or bal·kan·ize (bôl′kə-nīz′)
tr.v. Bal·kan·ized, Bal·kan·iz·ing, Bal·kan·iz·es or bal·kan·ized or bal·kan·iz·ing or bal·kan·iz·es
1. To divide (a region or territory) into small, often hostile units.
2. To divide (an organization or system) into small, incompatible units: changes that would Balkanize the corporation.

[From the political division of the Balkan countries in the early 20th century.]

Bal′kan·i·za′tion n.
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The division of a part of the world into smaller parts that are usually hostile to each other.
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[ˈbɔːlkənaɪˈzeɪʃən] Nbalcanización f
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balkanization [ˌbɔːlkənaɪˈzeɪʃən] Balkanisation (British) balkanisation (British) n (= fragmentation) [country] → balkanisation f
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The time is not far when the Modi government will burn in the fire of fanaticism as its bigotry will result in Balkanization of India, concluded the chief minister.
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"That is why it is worth dedicating attention to tendencies that lead to Balkanization of society.
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What is happening at this stage in the Middle East "is the continuation of what we saw in Yugoslavia where we had a re-Balkanization of the Balkans," he said, adding that "now we're seeing the Balkanization of Iraq".