from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or favored by the centralists.

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  • adj. advocating centralization


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  • I always intervene when I hear people saying things like, well, the Germans are in favour of federalism and the French are centralistic so no wonder, etc.

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  • "The church is not as monolithic-centralistic as people think."

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  • Almost all the traditions and institutions which have moulded the national character and the whole moral climate of England and America are those which the progress of collectivism and its centralistic tendencies are progressively destroying.

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  • "The NNP will fulfil (its) constitutional responsibilities in this province and will not be pushed around by a centralistic, power-crazy Western Cape ANC," Gelderblom said.

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  • The centralistic way in which the ANC's premiership candidates were designated confirmed this tendency.

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  • Nor had it objected to the many actions through which "autocratic and centralistic power of the ANC had consolidated itself ... in fact they have aided and abetted",

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • South Africa would follow "the same autocratic, centralistic and authoritarian route followed by other African countries in their post-liberation era" if the rival ANC succeeded in consolidating its power.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • I can remember that it was necessary to struggle very hard against that centralistic spirit, a bit capitalistic.


  • The well-known reciprocal relation between a despotic orientation and the warlike tendencies of a group rests on this formal basis: war needs a centralistic intensification of the group form, and this is guaranteed best by despotism.

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  • Germanising centralistic efforts of Joseph II., the Czechs again began to recover their national consciousness.

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