Definition of personalism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpərsənəlˌizəm/


1The quality of being personal, especially a theory or system based on subjective ideas or applications: his sculpture investigating pure form from which all expressive personalism was eliminated
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  • Nationalism, on the other hand, tends to express itself in authoritarianism, emotionalism, personalism, vengefulness and mean-spiritedness.
  • I believe the fundamental key he offers us is through the same personalism he uses to discuss the nature of marriage and men and women.
1.1 Philosophy A system of thought that maintains the primacy of the human or divine person on the basis that reality has meaning only through the conscious mind.
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  • Karol Wojtyla came to the papacy not merely as a bishop but as a professor of philosophy who had been writing about and teaching personalism in Poland long before the Second Vatican Council began.
  • Moreover, in recent years the Christian theology of personalism has developed a new theoretical framework for understanding the person, including the goals of psychotherapy.
  • The Catholic concept of personalism placed man in the context of God and sought to liberate his full potential.
1.2Allegiance to a person, especially a political leader, rather than to a party or ideology.



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  • Yet they, too, are typical of her alternating impersonalist and personalist tendencies.
  • Direct-election proposals recognize that ideological and/or personalist parties would drain votes away from the major parties.
  • In what ways are natural-law arguments in tension with personalist arguments?


Pronunciation: /ˌpərsənəlˈistik/
Example sentences
  • Variables that interact thus can be situational, personalistic, or a combination of situational and personalistic factors.
  • Like other personalistic leaders, he has preferred loyalists over experienced, well-trained experts when making government appointments.
  • Proto-industrializarion and the fragmentation of holdings which it promoted presented new occasions for personalistic ties between landlord and tenant.

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Syllabification: per·son·al·ism

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