Hob·​bism ˈhä-ˌbi-zəm How to pronounce Hobbism (audio)
: the philosophical system of Thomas Hobbes
especially : the Hobbesian theory that people have a fundamental right to self-preservation and to pursue selfish aims but will relinquish these rights to an absolute monarch in the interest of common safety and happiness
Hobbist noun or adjective

Word History

First Known Use

1691, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hobbism was in 1691

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“Hobbism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hobbism. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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