- the holding by one person of two or more offices at the same time.
- plurality(def 7a).
- Sociology. cultural pluralism.
- state or quality of being plural.
Origin of pluralism
Examples from the Web for pluralism
Not only is he wrong—but the true patriots are the ones standing up for pluralism in America.Why I’m for the War on Christmas
December 23, 2014
All this makes the pluralism of the modern world a scary, unwelcoming place.Pew Study: Americans Are Self-Segregating Amid Proliferating Partisan Media
October 21, 2014
Would liberals (not to mention what's left of Jewry) in Italy argue that the petitioners furthered "pluralism"?
She aims, she insists, to further "pluralism"; "We made history," she said.
He spoke in favor of “Jewish pluralism” and said that Israel “must have a zero tolerance policy for any act of intolerance.”Oren Makes Friends, Not News
October 16, 2012
At heart he was a savage Dualist, who lapsed occasionally into Pluralism.Visions and Revisions
John Cowper Powys
Make the world a Pluralism, and you forthwith have an object to worship.The Letters of William James, Vol. 1
Pluralism, not monism, is the fashion of the day, and some carry it almost to polytheism.Major Prophets of To-Day
Edwin E. Slosson
Pluralism, he says, is not for sick souls but for those in whom the fighting-spirit is alive.The Critical Game
John Albert Macy
It was this pluralism that led to much abuse, much neglect, and much carelessness.The Parish Clerk (1907)
Peter Hampson Ditchfield
- the holding by a single person of more than one ecclesiastical benefice or office
- sociol a theory of society as several autonomous but interdependent groups which either share power or continuously compete for power
- the existence in a society of groups having distinctive ethnic origin, cultural forms, religions, etc
- a theory that views the power of employers as being balanced by the power of trade unions in industrial relations such that the interests of both sides can be catered for
Word Origin and History for pluralism
1818, as a term in church administration, from plural + -ism. Attested from 1882 as a term in philosophy for a theory which recognizes more than one ultimate principle. In political science, attested from 1919 (in Harold J. Laski) in sense "theory which opposes monolithic state power." General sense of "toleration of diversity within a society or state" is from 1933. Related: Pluralist (1620s, in the church sense); pluralistic.
A conviction that various religious, ethnic, racial, and political groups should be allowed to thrive in a single society. In metaphysics, pluralism can also mean an alternative to dualism and monism. A pluralist asserts that there are more than two kinds of principles, whereas the dualist maintains there are only two and a monist only one.