from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to lose tribal membership and customs.

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  • v. To cause the members of a tribe to lose their tribal culture

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to cause (members of a tribe) to lose their cultural identity and adopt other customs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause members of a tribe to lose their cultural identity


de- +‎ tribalize (Wiktionary)


  • Natives who conformed to the act could detribalize and become American citizens in the fullest sense.

    A History of American Law

  • Rather than trying to detribalize Zaire, Mobutu simply made sure that leaders of each power faction had a share of the riches, while he skimmed off the top.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The late Ninian Smart, a doyen in the comparative study of religion, argued that it is through the comparative analysis of worldviews that we will generate the normative conceptual resources and categories for worldview evaluation, if only because the process itself will serve to “detribalize Westerners,” that is, enable us to overcome our dispositional tendency to “treat our tradition normatively, either explicitly or secretly.

    The rainbow as refracted truth


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