fideism

[ fee-dey-iz-uh m, fahy-dee- ]
/ ˈfi deɪˌɪz əm, ˈfaɪ di- /

noun

exclusive reliance in religious matters upon faith, with consequent rejection of appeals to science or philosophy.

Nearby words

  1. fiddly,
  2. fide,
  3. fidei defensor,
  4. fideicommissary,
  5. fideicommissum,
  6. fidel,
  7. fidelio,
  8. fidelism,
  9. fidelista,
  10. fidelity

Origin of fideism

1880–85; < Latin fide- stem of fidēs faith + -ism; probably first coined in French (fidéisme)

Related formsfi·de·ist, nounfi·de·is·tic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fideism

fideism

/ (ˈfiːdeɪˌɪzəm) /

noun

the theological doctrine that religious truth is a matter of faith and cannot be established by reasonCompare natural theology
Derived Formsfideist, nounfideistic, adjective

Word Origin for fideism

C19: from Latin fidēs faith

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Word Origin and History for fideism

fideism

n.

1885, from Latin fides "faith" (see faith) + -ism.

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