[fam-uh-liz-uh m]

noun Sociology.

the subordination of the personal interests and prerogatives of an individual to the values and demands of the family: Familism characterized the patriarchal family.

Nearby words

  1. familiarity,
  2. familiarity breeds contempt,
  3. familiarization,
  4. familiarize,
  5. familiarly,
  6. familist,
  7. familists,
  8. famille,
  9. family,
  10. family allowance

Origin of familism

First recorded in 1635–45; famil(y) + -ism

Related formsfam·i·list, nounfam·i·lis·tic, adjective

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