- a social theory advocating the liberty, rights, or independent action of the individual.
- the principle or habit of or belief in independent thought or action.
- the pursuit of individual rather than common or collective interests; egoism.
- individual character; individuality.
- an individual peculiarity.
Origin of individualism
Examples from the Web for individualism
By sticking to the variation you hold by, there is individualism.The Rise and Fall…and Rise Again of the Old-Fashioned
June 14, 2014
Ross Douthat offers a clue when he calls ours the “Age of Individualism.”Why Kids Are Making Us Crazy
March 30, 2014
The Cossacks stood for freedom and individualism, and central Russia would do anything to keep them from spreading their ideals.ICYMI: Best of The Beast This Week
The Daily Beast
March 16, 2014
Historically, the Cossack way of living was one of disorder and adaption, of individualism and egalitarianism.Cossacks: The Cowboys of Crimea
March 12, 2014
Instead, each American should spend his days cultivating his individualism, his selfhood.How the American Novel Lost Its Religion
Philip F. Gura
April 18, 2013
No catalogue of American qualities and defects can exclude the trait of individualism.The American Mind
No sovereign or minister, no government, can win the favor of Prussian individualism.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
As has been indicated, the frontier is productive of individualism.The Frontier in American History
Frederick Jackson Turner
A most striking feature of the northern migration was its individualism.Negro Migration during the War
Emmett J. Scott
This individualism has had the freest play, and we are not likely to lose all that it has given us.The Task of Social Hygiene
- the action or principle of asserting one's independence and individuality; egoism
- an individual quirk or peculiarity
- another word for laissez faire (def. 1)
- philosophy the doctrine that only individual things exist and that therefore classes or properties have no realityCompare Platonism, realism (def. 5)
Word Origin and History for individualism
A majority can never replace the individual. ... Just as a hundred fools do not make one wise man, a heroic decision is not likely to come from a hundred cowards. [Adolf Hitler, "Mein Kampf," 1933]
A view that stresses the importance and worth of each person. In economics, it is the doctrine that individuals best serve the public interest by pursuing their own self-interest. For example, the businessman who expands his company to increase his profits also creates jobs for many people and thereby serves the public interest. (See laissez-faire.)