Car·​lyl·​ism | \ (ˈ)kär¦līˌlizəm, -ȧ¦l-, kə(r)ˈl- \
plural -s

Definition of Carlylism

1 : the characteristic teachings, ideas, or opinions of Thomas Carlyle who arraigned modern society and emphasized the need for strong leaders
2 : the literary style or a literary mannerism characteristic of Thomas Carlyle whose writings are marked by long and irregular sentence constructions, neologisms, and Germanisms

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History and Etymology for Carlylism

Thomas Carlyle †1881 Scottish essayist and historian + English -ism

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“Carlylism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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