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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Origin and Etymology of carlylism
Thomas Carlyle †1881 Scottish essayist and historian + English -ism
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