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[foo r-ee-uh-riz-uh m]
  1. the social system proposed by François Marie Charles Fourier, under which society was to be organized into phalanxes or associations, each large enough for all industrial and social requirements.
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Origin of Fourierism

From the French word fouriérisme, dating back to 1835–45. See Fourier, -ism
Related formsFou·ri·er·ist, Fou·ri·er·ite [foo r-ee-uh-rahyt] /ˈfʊər i əˌraɪt/, nounFou·ri·er·is·tic, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Thus far we have been disposing of the preludes of Fourierism.

    History of American Socialisms

    John Humphrey Noyes

  • When Fourierism failed he devoted himself to Protective Unions.

  • Anti-slavery was destructive; Fourierism professed to be constructive.

  • Thus our theory harmonizes Owenism with Fourierism, and regards them both as working toward the same end in American history.

  • This Community was another anticipation of Fourierism, put forth by Massachusetts.

British Dictionary definitions for fourierism


  1. the system of Charles Fourier under which society was to be organized into self-sufficient cooperatives
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Derived FormsFourierist or Fourierite (ˈfʊərɪəˌraɪt), noun, adjectiveFourieristic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for fourierism



1841, in reference to ideas of French socialist François-Marie-Charles Fourier (1772-1837), whose plan also was called phalansterianism.

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