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  1. a person characterized by universalism, as in knowledge, interests, or activities.
  2. (initial capital letter) a member of a liberal religious denomination advocating Universalism.Compare Unitarian Universalism.
  1. (initial capital letter) Also U·ni·ver·sal·is·tic. of or relating to Universalism or Universalists.

Origin of universalist

First recorded in 1620–30; universal + -ist
Related formsnon·u·ni·ver·sal·ist, noun, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The universalist tendency of the religion also fitted it to spread to other lands.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • The sum was a large one in the then condition of the Universalist body.

  • Dr. N——, a Universalist minister, got off at Dubuque and bought medicine for me.

  • He was a Universalist, a good man, I think, but not a great preacher.

  • Four came to the altar and were blessed, one of whom had been an avowed Universalist.

British Dictionary definitions for universalist


  1. a person who has a wide range of interests, knowledge, activities, etc
  1. characterized by universality
Derived Formsuniversalistic, adjective
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