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 \ -​mist How to pronounce dynamist (audio) \ noun
dynamistic \ ˌdī-​nə-​ˈmis-​tik 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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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 Stark colors and an active camera, chasing or leading the characters, give the whole film a sense of intensity and dynamism. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "What Keeps You Alive shows the importance of art in horror films," 24 Aug. 2018 The long-term dynamism of the U.S.-Israeli strategic partnership could depend on it. Ilan Berman, WSJ, "Israel’s Dangerous Dalliance With China," 13 Jan. 2019 The gulf is partly a testimony to U.S. economic dynamism. Mike Bird, WSJ, "As U.S. Bull Market Powers Ahead, Rest of World Is Left Behind," 22 Aug. 2018 Tisci, of course, is one of thousands of Europeans contributing to the culture of modern British dynamism—albeit the one most visible in projecting it on the global stage. Vogue, "How These 12 Boundary-Breaking Designers Continue to Think Globally," 13 Aug. 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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English Language Learners Definition of dynamism

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

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to boil down or concentrate

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