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[ dahy-nuh-miz-uh m ]
/ ˈdaɪ nəˌmɪz əm /


any of various theories or philosophical systems that seek to explain phenomena of nature by the action of force.Compare mechanism(def 8), vitalism(def 1).
great energy, force, or power; vigor: the dynamism of the new governor.
Psychology. a habitual mode of reducing or eliminating tension.

Nearby words

dynamic similarity, dynamic spatial reconstructor, dynamic splint, dynamic strength, dynamics, dynamism, dynamite, dynamitic, dynamize, dynamo, dynamo-

Origin of dynamism

First recorded in 1825–35; dynam- + -ism
Related formsdy·na·mist, noundy·na·mis·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for dynamist


/ (ˈdaɪnəˌmɪzəm) /


philosophy any of several theories that attempt to explain phenomena in terms of an immanent force or energyCompare mechanism (def. 5), vitalism
the forcefulness of an energetic personality
Derived Formsdynamist, noundynamistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for dynamist



1831, "dynamic energy, force, drive," from Greek dynamis "power, might, strength" (see dynamic (adj.)) + -ism. As a philosophical system, from 1857.

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