[per-tik-yuh-luh-riz-uh m, puh-tik-]
- exclusive attention or devotion to one's own particular interests, party, etc.
- the principle of leaving each state of a federation free to retain its laws and promote its interests.
- Theology. the doctrine that divine grace is provided only for the elect.
Origin of particularism
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Examples from the Web for particularism
Particularism was strongest in colonies with no Indian frontier.The Frontier in American History
Frederick Jackson Turner
Yet for herself she transcended the particularism that it involved.The Literature and History of New Testament Times
J. Gresham (John Gresham) Machen
It was the heyday of particularism, of craft unionism complete.The Great Steel Strike and its Lessons
William Z. Foster
But, in so doing, it accepted the particularism of experience and proceeded to supplement it from non-empirical sources.Creative Intelligence
John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
But particularism was still strong, especially in the smaller provinces.History of Holland
- exclusive attachment to the interests of one group, class, sect, etc, esp at the expense of the community as a whole
- 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
- theol the doctrine that divine grace is restricted to the elect
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