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[pur-suh-nl-iz-uh m] /ˈpɜr sə nlˌɪz əm/
Also called personal idealism. a modern philosophical movement locating ultimate value and reality in persons, human or divine.
Psychology. an approach stressing individual personality as the central concern of psychology.
Origin of personalism
First recorded in 1840-50; personal + -ism
Related forms
personalist, noun
personalistic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for personalism
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  • "personalism" is revealed in the immediate and individual participation of all members in penitente activities.

    The Penitente Moradas of Abiqui Richard E. Ahlborn
  • For several decades we have been approaching the doctrine which denies all personalism—either good or bad.

    Is the Devil a Myth? C. F. Wimberly
  • Surely the legitimate province of 'personalism' lies in the region of general ideas, or rather in the Weltanschauung as a whole.

    Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge
  • personalism isolates, separates, him from Nature; converts him from a part into the whole, into an absolute essence by himself.

    The Essence of Christianity Ludwig Feuerbach
  • To practically enter into politics is an important part of American personalism.

    Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman
British Dictionary definitions for personalism


a philosophical movement that stresses the value of persons
an idiosyncratic mode of behaviour or expression
Derived Forms
personalistic, adjective
personalist, noun, adjective
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