Definition of personalism in English:


Line breaks: per¦son¦al|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːs(ə)n(ə)lɪz(ə)m


[mass noun]
  • 1The quality of being personal: his sculpture investigated 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.
  • 1.1A theory or system based on subjective ideas or applications.
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    • Dorothy understood that a just system was as important as her ideal of personalism, where each takes individual responsibility for the well-being of all.
    • While I applaud the resurgence of apologetics that we have recently seen in this country, I suggest it could benefit from the kind of personalism that Pope John Paul II professes.
  • 1.2Allegiance to a particular political leader rather than to a party or ideology: this personalism alone can explain the shifting alliances that so confuse observers



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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?


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  • 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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