Meaning of tribalist in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtrʌɪbəlɪst/


mainly derogatory
  • An advocate or practitioner of strong loyalty to one's own tribe or social group.

    ‘Zambians are able to make informed and intelligent choices and be not easily swayed by politicking and rumours about our leaders being tribalists.’
    • ‘A vast number of them are primitive tribalists at best and racists at worst.’
    • ‘I suspect this barrier, too, will fail, and when it does it will be a sign of the final fading of tribalist thinking.’
    • ‘The ensuing effect is the nation's return to the tribalist primitivism of the past.’
    • ‘This message must be loud and clear to anyone with imperialistic and tribalist agendas!’