- (sometimes initial capital letter) a religious movement characterized by a strict belief in the literal interpretation of religious texts, especially within American Protestantism and Islam.
- the beliefs held by those in this movement.
- strict adherence to any set of basic ideas or principles: the fundamentalism of the extreme conservatives.
Origin of fundamentalism
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Examples from the Web for fundamentalism
It talks about radicalization as well as fundamentalism—and the dangers of that.
The lines of fundamentalism are blurrier today than what they once were.Fred Phelps May Be Dead, But His Fundamentalist God Lives
Matthew Paul Turner
March 23, 2014
The two-state solution being the driving force behind Islamic fundamentalism, of course.Partition Skepticism and the Future of the Peace Process
Avner Inbar, Assaf Sharon
September 25, 2013
“Fundamentalism will not win, even if they say, ‘Allahu akbar’ all day long,” her mother told Bennoune.
And in places where fundamentalism is most severe, women are callously repressed.
- Christianity (esp among certain Protestant sects) the belief that every word of the Bible is divinely inspired and therefore true
- Islam a movement favouring strict observance of the teachings of the Koran and Islamic law
- strict adherence to the fundamental principles of any set of beliefs
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