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balkanize


One of the dangers of inadequate public schools is that parents seeking alternatives could balkanize our nation through abandonment of shared core teachings and traditions.
  divide a territory into smaller, hostile territories
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  • One of the dangers of inadequate public schools is that parents seeking alternatives could balkanize our nation through abandonment of shared core teachings and traditions.
  • Boca Raton was a land of luxury sedans, red sports cars, pink stucco mansions crammed onto postage-stamp lots, and balkanized walled developments with guards at the gates.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • The United States of America has been Balkanized, has been divided into twenty petty nations so that it will never again be a threat to world peace.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • The separateness of the states, which has been bitterly called Balkanization, creates many problems.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley

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  • They believe that immigration from Mexico and Latin America is of a scale that could linguistically Balkanize the United States.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Wall sees tolerance for Spanish as a threat to the linguistic unity of America, to our common civic language, which could lead to a linguistic Balkanization of the United States.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
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Associated words [difficulty]:   balkanize [8] , white paper [3] , green card [4] , minimum wage [4] , non-governmental organization (NGO) [5] , grassroots [6] , European Union [7] , National Labor Relations Board [9]
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