[ per-tik-yuh-luh-riz-uhm, puh-tik- ]

  1. exclusive attention or devotion to one's own particular interests, party, etc.

  2. the principle of leaving each state of a federation free to retain its laws and promote its interests.

  1. Theology. the doctrine that divine grace is provided only for the elect.

Origin of particularism

From the French word particularisme, dating back to 1815–25. See particular, -ism

Other words from particularism

  • par·tic·u·lar·ist, noun
  • par·tic·u·lar·is·tic, adjective
  • par·tic·u·lar·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby particularism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use particularism in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for particularism


/ (pəˈtɪkjʊləˌrɪzəm) /

  1. exclusive attachment to the interests of one group, class, sect, etc, esp at the expense of the community as a whole

  2. the principle of permitting each state or minority in a federation the right to further its own interests or retain its own laws, traditions, etc

  1. theol the doctrine that divine grace is restricted to the elect

Derived forms of particularism

  • particularist, noun, adjective
  • particularistic, adjective

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