balkanise (Brit.) v. partition an area or territory into many small states that are frequently engaged in hostilities against one another (also balkanize)

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • Balkanise — /ˈbɔlkənaɪz/ (say bawlkuhnuyz) verb (t) (Balkanised, Balkanising) 1. to divide (a region) into small states hostile to one another. 2. to divide into small divisions or segments hostile to each other: to Balkanise the internet. Also, Balkanize.… …  

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