fideism

noun
fi·​de·​ism | \ ˈfē-(ˌ)dā-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce fideism (audio) \

Definition of fideism

: reliance on faith rather than reason in pursuit of religious truth

Other Words from fideism

fideist \ ˈfē-​ˌdā-​ist How to pronounce fideism (audio) \ noun
fideistic \ ˌfē-​(ˌ)dā-​ˈi-​stik How to pronounce fideism (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of fideism

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fideism

borrowed from French fidéisme, from Latin fidēs "trust, belief, faith" + French -isme -ism — more at faith entry 1

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“Fideism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fideism. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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