[pur-suh-nl-iz-uh m]


Also called personal idealism. a modern philosophical movement locating ultimate value and reality in persons, human or divine.
Psychology. an approach stressing individual personality as the central concern of psychology.

Origin of personalism

First recorded in 1840–50; personal + -ism
Related formsper·son·al·ist, nounper·son·al·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for personalism

Historical Examples of personalism

  • "Personalism" is revealed in the immediate and individual participation of all members in penitente activities.

  • For several decades we have been approaching the doctrine which denies all Personalism—either good or bad.

    Is the Devil a Myth?

    C. F. Wimberly

  • Surely the legitimate province of 'personalism' lies in the region of general ideas, or rather in the Weltanschauung as a whole.

    Outspoken Essays

    William Ralph Inge

  • Personalism isolates, separates, him from Nature; converts him from a part into the whole, into an absolute essence by himself.

  • To practically enter into politics is an important part of American personalism.

British Dictionary definitions for personalism



a philosophical movement that stresses the value of persons
an idiosyncratic mode of behaviour or expression
Derived Formspersonalistic, adjectivepersonalist, noun, adjective
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