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[fam-uh-liz-uh m]
noun Sociology.
  1. the subordination of the personal interests and prerogatives of an individual to the values and demands of the family: Familism characterized the patriarchal family.
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Origin of familism

First recorded in 1635–45; famil(y) + -ism
Related formsfam·i·list, nounfam·i·lis·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for familist

Historical Examples

  • Richard, our own Richard, following the tribe of Gorton, the Familist!

    The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)

    John Greenleaf Whittier

  • Silent in the ecstasy of joyful surprise, the Familist pressed her to his bosom.

  • The Familist paused from utter exhaustion, so vehemently had he poured forth the abundance of his zeal.

British Dictionary definitions for familist


  1. a member of the Family of Love, a mystical Christian religious sect of the 16th and 17th centuries based upon love
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Derived FormsFamilism, noun
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