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

Other Words from fundamentalism

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

Examples of fundamentalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The best seller, rooted in modern Christian fundamentalism, has captured the attention of this insular community. Avital Chizhik-goldschmidt, The Atlantic, 25 Apr. 2022 Tribalism, nationalism, fundamentalism, evangelism. WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 Logical fundamentalism has grown by leaps and bounds. Jay Steven Levin, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Militarism, free-market fundamentalism, and increasing authoritarianism that’s become neo-Fascism in its expressions. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2022 The detectives initially suspect Brenda’s husband, Allen (Billy Howle), of the crime, but soon learn that his brothers Dan and Ron (Wyatt Russell and Sam Worthington), once exemplary mainstream Mormons, have descended into bellicose fundamentalism. Meredith Blakestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Tribalism, nationalism, fundamentalism, evangelism. WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 Notoriously repressive even by the standards of religious fundamentalism, the previous era of Taliban rule severely curtailed women’s rights, barring outside employment and education and requiring women to wear full burqas in public. Liz Elting, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Anti-evolution laws, usually understood as fundamentalism’s response to modernity, emerged from this conflict between parents and the state. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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13 Jun 2022

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“Fundamentalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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