Spen·​ce·​ri·​an·​ism spen-ˈsir-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Spencerianism (audio)
: the synthetic philosophy of Herbert Spencer that has as its central idea the mechanistic evolution of the cosmos from relative simplicity to relative complexity

Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Spencerianism was in 1881

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“Spencerianism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Spencerianism. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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