[ kree-ey-shuh-niz-uh m ]
/ kriˈeɪ ʃəˌnɪz əm /


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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Compare traducianism.

Origin of creationism

First recorded in 1840–50; creation + -ism

Related formscre·a·tion·ist, noun, adjectivecre·a·tion·is·tic, adjectivean·ti·cre·a·tion·ism, nounan·ti·cre·a·tion·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formscreationist, nouncreationistic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for creationism



1847, originally a Christian theological position that God immediately created a soul for each person born; from creation + -ism. As a name for the religious reaction to Darwin, opposed to evolution, it is attested from 1880.

James Ussher (1581-1656), Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland, and Vice-Chancellor of Trinity College in Dublin was highly regarded in his day as a churchman and as a scholar. Of his many works, his treatise on chronology has proved the most durable. Based on an intricate correlation of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean histories and Holy writ, it was incorporated into an authorized version of the Bible printed in 1701, and thus came to be regarded with almost as much unquestioning reverence as the Bible itself. Having established the first day of creation as Sunday 23 October 4004 B.C. ... Ussher calculated the dates of other biblical events, concluding, for example, that Adam and Eve were driven from Paradise on Monday 10 November 4004 BC, and that the ark touched down on Mt Ararat on 5 May 1491 BC "on a Wednesday". [Craig, G.Y., and E.J. Jones, "A Geological Miscellany," Princeton University Press, 1982.]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture 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.

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