il·​lib·​er·​al·​ism | \ (ˌ)i(l)-ˈli-b(ə-)rə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce illiberalism (audio) \

Definition of illiberalism

: opposition to or lack of liberalism

Examples of illiberalism in a Sentence

a woman who fails to see that her unexamined faith in political liberalism actually makes her guilty of illiberalism
Recent Examples on the Web Macron’s reelection, thanks in part to voters who sided with him only to thwart Le Pen, shows that a popular bulwark against such illiberalism still very much exists, no matter Le Pen’s steady electoral gains over the past decade. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2022 None of this is to deny creeping illiberalism on the right or Trump's refusal to distinguish between the public interest and his personal ones. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 8 Apr. 2022 Orbán, the warrior of illiberalism, will continue his fight on the international scene; for him, there is no way back. Zsuzsanna Szelényi, The New Republic, 5 Apr. 2022 Russia means to forge an authoritarian axis with China, in which illiberalism is no barrier to prosperity. The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2022 This narrative is still popular in the United States, putative winner of the Cold War, largely enduring the recent descent of many parts of Eastern Europe into illiberalism. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, 1 Feb. 2022 In reality, China has strengthened the forces of illiberalism around the globe. Hal Brands, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 Niall Ferguson, Bari Weiss, and others are creating a new university as an antidote to campus illiberalism. Aaron R. Hanlon, The New Republic, 11 Nov. 2021 Roger Kimball took this stance in 1990 in Tenured Radicals, a screed against leftist illiberalism in higher education. Aaron R. Hanlon, The New Republic, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of illiberalism

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Illiberalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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