Pronunciation: (bôl'ku-nīz"), [key]
—v.t., -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to divide (a country, territory, etc.) into small, quarrelsome, ineffectual states.
2. (often l.c.) to divide (groups, areas, etc.) into contending and usually ineffectual factions: a movement to balkanize minority voters. Also, esp. Brit.,Bal'kan•ise".
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