fundamentalism

noun
fun·​da·​men·​tal·​ism | \ ˌfən-də-ˈmen-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce fundamentalism (audio) \

Definition of fundamentalism

1a often capitalized : a movement in 20th century Protestantism emphasizing the literally interpreted Bible as fundamental to Christian life and teaching
b : the beliefs of this movement
c : adherence to such beliefs a minister noted for his strict fundamentalism
2 : a movement or attitude stressing strict and literal adherence to a set of basic principles Islamic fundamentalism political fundamentalism

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Other Words from fundamentalism

fundamentalist \ ˌfən-​də-​ˈmen-​tə-​list How to pronounce fundamentalist (audio) \ noun
fundamentalist or fundamentalistic \ ˌfən-​də-​ˌmen-​tə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce fundamentalistic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fundamentalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And every fundamentalism does a violence to the text that supports it, right? Celeste Sloman, Town & Country, "Abigail Disney Has a Plan to Fix Capitalism," 23 Sep. 2019 The organization promotes nonviolent resistance to religious fundamentalism. oregonlive, "Conversion therapy center founder comes out as gay," 4 Sep. 2019 The organization promotes nonviolent resistance to religious fundamentalism. Marisa Iati, Anchorage Daily News, "Conversion therapy center founder says he’s gay, rejects ‘cycle of self shame’," 4 Sep. 2019 And Phair continued to confound, embracing aspects of dance pop that served as a tuneful middle finger to a world that proclaimed to be open to anything, but was in fact rife with aesthetic fundamentalism. John Adamian, courant.com, "Female rockers Pat Benatar, Melissa Etheridge and Liz Phair at Foxwoods," 21 June 2019 Though the revivalist hopes that attended the conservative resurgence were long ago dispelled, its enduring combination of fundamentalism and politicisation gave Southern Baptists two sorts of comfort. The Economist, "The Southern Baptists are beset by two related fiascos," 15 June 2019 Karnad was a harsh critic of religious fundamentalism and Hindu nationalism. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Girish Karnad, one of India’s most respected actor-directors, has passed away," 10 June 2019 What strikes the reader is not so much the cohesion of unified belief communities as the development of divisions within each: orthodoxy versus revisionism, fundamentalism versus liberalism, God’s singularity versus his plurality. Andrew Stark, WSJ, "‘Living With the Gods’ Review: The Gang’s All Here," 16 Nov. 2018 Morocco, a Sunni Muslim kingdom of 36 million, reformed its religious policies and education to limit the spread of fundamentalism in 2004, following terrorist bombings in Casablanca in 2003 that killed 43 people. Amira El Masaiti, The Seattle Times, "Pope in Morocco: Walls, fear-mongering won’t stop migration," 31 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of fundamentalism

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fundamentalism

fundamental entry 1 + -ism

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The first known use of fundamentalism was in 1912

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12 Nov 2019

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“Fundamentalism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fundamentalism. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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