[ roo-soh-iz-uhm ]
/ ruˈsoʊ ɪz əm /


the doctrines or principles of Jean Jacques Rousseau or his adherents.

Origin of Rousseauism

First recorded in 1860–65; Rousseau + -ism


Rous·seau·ist, Rous·seau·ite, nounRous·seau·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for Rousseauism

  • It was all Rousseauism in experiment and reduced to absurdity.

    French Classics|William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • He was swept into Rousseauism and imagined himself another Emile.

    The Earl of Beaconsfield|James Anthony Froude
  • By Rousseauism we indicate the doctrinal dream of that dreamer; by no means the actual waking practice of the man that dreamed.

    French Classics|William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • Rousseauism is … an emancipation of impulse—especially of the impulse of sex.

    The Art of Letters|Robert Lynd