[ pur-suh-nl-iz-uhm ]

  1. Also called personal idealism. a modern philosophical movement locating ultimate value and reality in persons, human or divine.

  2. Psychology. an approach stressing individual personality as the central concern of psychology.

Origin of personalism

First recorded in 1840–50; personal + -ism

Other words from personalism

  • per·son·al·ist, noun
  • per·son·al·is·tic, adjective

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

How to use personalism in a sentence

  • No principles of wise government had place in any mind, a blunt and jolly personalism as to the Ins and Outs animating all.

    The Well-Beloved | Thomas Hardy
  • 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.

    The Essence of Christianity | Ludwig Feuerbach
  • To practically enter into politics is an important part of American personalism.

    Complete Prose Works | Walt Whitman
  • "personalism" is revealed in the immediate and individual participation of all members in penitente activities.

    The Penitente Moradas of Abiqui | Richard E. Ahlborn

British Dictionary definitions for personalism


/ (ˈpɜːsənəˌlɪzəm) /

  1. a philosophical movement that stresses the value of persons

  2. an idiosyncratic mode of behaviour or expression

Derived forms of personalism

  • personalistic, adjective
  • personalist, noun, adjective

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