[yoo-nuh-vur-suh-liz-uh m]


a universal range of knowledge, interests, or activities.
(initial capital letter) the doctrine that emphasizes the universal fatherhood of God and the final salvation of all souls.Compare apocatastasis(def 2).

Origin of universalism

First recorded in 1795–1805; universal + -ism
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a universal feature or characteristic
another word for universality
social welfare the principle that welfare services should be available to all by right, according to need, and not restricted by individual ability to pay, but funded by general contributions through taxes, rates, or national insurance payments



a system of religious beliefs maintaining that all men are predestined for salvation
Derived FormsUniversalist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for universalism

1805, from universal + -ism.

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