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[fal-uh-siz-uh m] /ˈfæl əˌsɪz əm/
worship of the phallus, especially as symbolic of power or of the generative principle of nature.
Also, phallism
[fal-iz-uh m] /ˈfæl ɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
Origin of phallicism
First recorded in 1880-85; phallic + -ism
Related forms
phallicist, phallist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for phallicism
Historical Examples
  • Fetishism, phallicism, animism, and tree- and serpent-worship were very common.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • I am not one of those who find in phallicism the key to all the mysteries of mythology.

    Bible Studies Joseph M. Wheeler
  • It is not difficult to find traces of phallicism in the allegory of the Garden of Eden.

    Bible Studies Joseph M. Wheeler
  • Gross phallicism is clearly the result of degeneration, and of a lapse into sensuality and superstition.

    The God-Idea of the Ancients Eliza Burt Gamble
  • In its rudest forms, this pantheism branches out into animism or shamanism, fetichism and phallicism.

    The Religions of Japan William Elliot Griffis
  • The ordinary traveler in Japan would not suspect that phallicism had ever been a prominent feature of Japanese religious life.

  • The way in which phallicism has been suppressed during the present era raises the general question of religious liberty in Japan.

  • Signs of phallicism among the ancient Hebrews can be clearly pointed out; the serpent was a phallic symbol.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • The ark itself was a feminine symbol, and phallicism would explain why Moses made an ark and put in it a rod and two stones.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for phallicism


the worship or veneration of the phallus
Derived Forms
phallicist, phallist, noun
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