dy·​na·​mism | \ ˈdī-nə-ˌmi-zəm How to pronounce dynamism (audio) \

Definition of dynamism

1a philosophy : a theory that all phenomena (such as matter or motion) can be explained as manifestations of force (see force entry 1 sense 4) — compare mechanism
b : dynamics sense 2 population dynamism
2 : a dynamic (see dynamic entry 1 sense 1) or expansionist quality the dynamism of a natural leader

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Other Words from dynamism

dynamist \ ˈdī-​nə-​mist How to pronounce dynamist (audio) \ noun
dynamistic \ ˌdī-​nə-​ˈmi-​stik How to pronounce dynamistic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dynamism in a Sentence

He has the dynamism of a natural leader. voters were attracted to the young challenger's dynamism, charisma, and progressive ideas

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The images carry a sense of dynamism, yet uncertainty, an ambiguous feeling that maybe reflects a larger question about a continent’s future. The New York Review of Books, "Carole Naggar," 25 May 2019 But stasis shifted toward dynamism in December 2010, when the self- immolation of an unemployed and desperate young man named Mohamed Bouazizi inflamed Tunisia. Charles Glass, Harper's magazine, "“Tell Me How This Ends”," 10 Feb. 2019 But on the other side of that border, Jefferson County doesn’t have the same economic dynamism: The number of businesses in the county fell 11 percent in the same period, according to census data. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "One County Thrives. The Next One Over Struggles. Economists Take Note.," 29 June 2018 What this condescending message chiefly does is deny to the faith a sense of inner dynamism and enterprise—exactly what is needed in finding a modern future. Bartle Bull, WSJ, "‘Crusade and Jihad’ Review: Conquest and Conquerors," 26 Aug. 2018 Face-to-face with the dizzyingly grand Paradiso, a roughly 23 x 72-foot canvas commissioned for the Sala del Maggior Consiglio in Venice, Ruskin praised the dynamism of Tintoretto’s composition. Marley Marius, Vogue, "From Sally Mann to Jacopo Tintoretto, 7 Art Exhibitions You Won't Want to Miss This Spring," 1 Mar. 2019 In the pursuit of growth, development, and dynamism, what’s holding cities back from building it themselves? Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Big cities courting big tech helped define 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 The idea was to bring that energy and dynamism of the small donor movement to every race, not just federal but state and local as well. Eric Johnson, Recode, "We have to rewrite antitrust law to deal with tech monopolies, says ‘Positive Populism’ author Steve Hilton," 24 Oct. 2018 Since arriving at Old Trafford, Sanchez has struggled to show the flair and dynamism that marked his 3 1/2 years at Arsenal and, before that, at Barcelona and Udinese. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Sanchez spark still missing for Manchester United," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of dynamism

circa 1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dynamism

see dynamic entry 1

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The first known use of dynamism was circa 1857

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English Language Learners Definition of dynamism

somewhat formal : energy and a strong desire to make something happen

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