Meaning of territorialism in English:


Pronunciation /ˌtɛrɪˈtɔːrɪəlɪz(ə)m/


  • 1 historical, rare A system which gives predominance to the landed class; landlordism.

  • 2A theory of Church government according to which supreme ecclesiastical authority is vested in the civil power.

    The principle of territorialism was first established by the Treaty of Augsburg in 1555, which provided for the compulsory conformity of all the inhabitants of a territory of the Holy Roman Empire to the religion of their ruler.

  • 3Association with a particular geographical area; loyalty to or defence of one's own territory or region, especially as considered more important than the larger nation, state, etc., of which it is a part.

  • 4Scottish historical, rare The organization of church work on territorial lines; the delineation of particular areas of a parish for independent mission work in the Church of Scotland. See "territorial".

  • 5 rare The organization of the Army on a territorial or local basis. See "territorial".

  • 6 historical Chiefly with capital initial. A Jewish movement aiming to secure an autonomous territory for the Jews in any suitable and available part of the world; the beliefs or doctrine of this movement.

  • 7Zoology
    = "territoriality".

  • 8Human behaviour characterized by aggressive defence of a particular area, sphere of activity or influence, etc.; possessiveness.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Literary Examiner. From territorial + -ism.