[ kree-ey-shuh-niz-uhm ]
/ kriˈeɪ ʃəˌnɪz əm /
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the doctrine that matter and all things were created, substantially as they now exist, by an omnipotent Creator, and not gradually evolved or developed.
(sometimes initial capital letter) the doctrine that the true story of the creation of the universe is as it is recounted in the Bible, especially in the first chapter of Genesis.
the doctrine that God immediately creates out of nothing a new human soul for each individual born.



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Origin of creationism

First recorded in 1840–50; creation + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM creationism

cre·a·tion·ist, noun, adjectivecre·a·tion·is·tic, adjectivean·ti·cre·a·tion·ism, nounan·ti·cre·a·tion·ist, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for creationism

/ (kriːˈeɪʃəˌnɪzəm) /


the belief that God brings individual human souls into existence at conception or birthCompare traducianism
the doctrine that ascribes the origins of all things to God's acts of creation rather than to evolution

Derived forms of creationism

creationist, nouncreationistic, adjective
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Cultural definitions for creationism


A literal belief in the biblical account of Creation as it appears in the Book of Genesis. Creationists believe that the creation of the world and all its creatures took place in six calendar days; they therefore deny the theory of evolution.

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