- the doctrine that there are two independent divine beings or eternal principles, one good and the other evil.
- the belief that a human being embodies two parts, as body and soul.
Related formsdu·al·ist, noun, adjectivenon·du·al·ism, noun
Examples from the Web for dualism
That breakdown of dualism, that honesty, is so important and revelatory.
I felt like it nicely represented the dualism of her character.
Kant exaggerates the dualism: Rousseau would abolish it by ignoring the more important of the two antitheses.
There was thus a dualism, to overcome which is the first step in the Hegelian system.
Aristotle in this has made no insignificant step towards the subjection of the Platonic dualism.A History of Philosophy in Epitome|Albert Schwegler
With the passing of dualism, however, the sympathy becomes more than merely formal.The Will to Doubt|Alfred H. Lloyd
There was a curious sense of dualism in this serenity of the sky, in contrast with the fury and agitation of the waves.Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume I|Karl Ritter von Scherzer
British Dictionary definitions for dualism
- the theory that the universe has been ruled from its origins by two conflicting powers, one good and one evil, both existing as equally ultimate first causes
- the theory that there are two personalities, one human and one divine, in Christ
Derived Formsdualist, noundualistic, adjectivedualistically, adverb
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Culture definitions for dualism
In philosophy and theology, any system that explains phenomena by two opposing principles. Many philosophers hold to a dualism of mind and matter, or mind and body. For many theologians, the two principles are those of good and evil.