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fundamentalism

noun fun·da·men·tal·ism \-tə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of FUNDAMENTALISM

1
a often capitalized :  a movement in 20th century Protestantism emphasizing the literally interpreted Bible as fundamental to Christian life and teaching
b :  the beliefs of this movement
c :  adherence to such beliefs
2
:  a movement or attitude stressing strict and literal adherence to a set of basic principles <Islamic fundamentalism> <political fundamentalism>
fun·da·men·tal·ist \-tə-list\ noun
fundamentalist or fun·da·men·tal·is·tic \-ˌmen-tə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective

First Known Use of FUNDAMENTALISM

1922

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