Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[lib-er-uh-liz-uh m, lib-ruh-] /ˈlɪb ər əˌlɪz əm, ˈlɪb rə-/
the quality or state of being liberal, as in behavior or attitude.
a political or social philosophy advocating the freedom of the individual, parliamentary systems of government, nonviolent modification of political, social, or economic institutions to assure unrestricted development in all spheres of human endeavor, and governmental guarantees of individual rights and civil liberties.
(sometimes initial capital letter) the principles and practices of a liberal party in politics.
a movement in modern Protestantism that emphasizes freedom from tradition and authority, the adjustment of religious beliefs to scientific conceptions, and the development of spiritual capacities.
Origin of liberalism
First recorded in 1810-20; liberal + -ism
Related forms
liberalist, noun, adjective
liberalistic, adjective
antiliberalism, noun
antiliberalist, noun, adjective
antiliberalistic, adjective
nonliberalism, noun
semiliberalism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for liberalist
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for liberalist


/ˈlɪbərəˌlɪzəm; ˈlɪbrə-/
liberal opinions, practices, or politics
a movement in modern Protestantism that rejects biblical authority
Derived Forms
liberalist, noun, adjective
liberalistic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for liberalist



1819, from liberal + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
liberalist in Culture

liberalism definition

In the twentieth century, a viewpoint or ideology associated with free political institutions and religious toleration, as well as support for a strong role of government in regulating capitalism and constructing the welfare state.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for liberalist

Word Value for liberalist

Scrabble Words With Friends