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[fal-uh-siz-uh m]
  1. worship of the phallus, especially as symbolic of power or of the generative principle of nature.
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Also phal·lism [fal-iz-uh m] /ˈfæl ɪz əm/.

Origin of phallicism

First recorded in 1880–85; phallic + -ism
Related formsphal·li·cist, phal·list, noun
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Examples from the Web for phallicism

Historical Examples of phallicism

  • Fetishism, phallicism, animism, and tree- and serpent-worship were very common.

    The Gist of Japan

    R. B. Peery

  • I am not one of those who find in phallicism the key to all the mysteries of mythology.

    Bible Studies

    Joseph M. Wheeler

  • It is not difficult to find traces of phallicism in the allegory of the Garden of Eden.

    Bible Studies

    Joseph M. Wheeler

  • Gross phallicism is clearly the result of degeneration, and of a lapse into sensuality and superstition.

  • In its rudest forms, this pantheism branches out into animism or shamanism, fetichism and phallicism.

    The Religions of Japan

    William Elliot Griffis

British Dictionary definitions for phallicism



  1. the worship or veneration of the phallus
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Derived Formsphallicist or phallist, noun
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