[ in-dif-er-uhn-tiz-uhm, -dif-ruhn- ]

  1. systematic indifference.

  1. the principle or opinion that differences of religious belief are essentially unimportant.

  2. Philosophy. the doctrine that each entity is essentially unique and at the same time essentially the same as all other entities of its kind.

Origin of indifferentism

From the French word indifférentisme, dating back to 1820–30. See indifferent, -ism

Other words from indifferentism

  • in·dif·fer·ent·ist, noun

Words Nearby indifferentism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use indifferentism in a sentence

  • His house of cards had toppled over; but the profound indifferentism of his nature enabled him to view the ruins with composure.

    Audrey | Mary Johnston
  • Far from being fanatical, the temper of these literati savours somewhat of a much later indifferentism.

  • It is far more serious than indifferentism, or than the open mockery of the 18th century philosophers.

    The Saint | Antonio Fogazzaro
  • Everybody's deity is as good as anybody else's—indifferentism, I believe, is the theological term.

    Temple Trouble | Henry Beam Piper
  • I see too much of the real life, even here in Kbe, to think the indifferentism real.

British Dictionary definitions for indifferentism


/ (ɪnˈdɪfrənˌtɪzəm, -fərən-) /

  1. systematic indifference, esp in matters of religion

Derived forms of indifferentism

  • indifferentist, noun

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