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individualism Syllabification: in·di·vid·u·al·ism
Pronunciation: /ˌindəˈvij(o͞o)əˌlizəm/

Definition of individualism in English:


1The habit or principle of being independent and self-reliant.
Example sentences
  • The common thread that binds Americans stems from their individualism, self-reliance, independence, courage to take risks and readiness to challenge the impossible.
  • And Scandinavians are almost 100% Protestant too - which fits with a spirit of independence and individualism.
  • Self-reliance and individualism can be made meaningful for all only by first reviving the power of collective action.
1.1Self-centered feeling or conduct; egoism.
Example sentences
  • Pride, a religious term for unbridled individualism, threatens the welfare of an orderly community.
  • But this requires a degree of intellectual self-renunciation which is incompatible with individualism.
  • Under the shiny surface there's homelessness, ignorance, insane people on the streets, hypocrisy, a certain coldness and strong individualism in people in general.
2A social theory favoring freedom of action for individuals over collective or state control.
Example sentences
  • Under the heading ‘liberty’ the charter states: ‘We believe in individualism more than social determinism.’
  • The original Western nineteenth-century route to modernization was associated with laissez-faire capitalism, individualism, and democracy.
  • One set of beliefs expresses the commitment of a democratic society to the liberal values of justice, individualism, egalitarianism and freedom of expression.
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