nounDate: 1831 the concentration of power and control in the central authority of an organization (as a political or educational system) — compare federalism • centralistnoun or adjective • centralisticadjective
Centralism Cen"tral*ism, n. 1. The state or condition of being central; the combination of several parts into one whole; centralization. 2. The system by which power is centralized, as in a government.