par·​tic·​u·​lar·​ism | \ pər-ˈti-k(yə-)lə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce particularism (audio) , pə- also pär- \

Definition of particularism

1 : exclusive or special devotion to a particular interest
2 : a political theory that each political group has a right to promote its own interests and especially independence without regard to the interests of larger groups
3 : a tendency to explain complex social phenomena in terms of a single causative factor

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Other Words from particularism

particularist \ pər-​ˈti-​k(yə-​)lə-​rist How to pronounce particularism (audio) , pə-​ also  pär-​ \ noun or adjective
particularistic \ pər-​ˌti-​k(yə-​)lə-​ˈri-​stik How to pronounce particularism (audio) , pə-​ also  pär-​ \ adjective

Examples of particularism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But French universalism has become its own very specific particularism. Rachel Donadio, The Atlantic, 22 Nov. 2021 Just as King has been shorn of his political radicalism—his democratic socialism, his anti-imperialism—his religious particularism is too often ignored. Matthew Sitman, The New Republic, 15 Apr. 2021 The task for our time is to preserve international stability while making a sustainable place for the domestic particularisms without which even the most rational of structures will collapse upon itself for want of popular legitimacy. A. Wess Mitchell, National Review, 2 Apr. 2020 In the twenty-first century, examples of this modern particularism are rife. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, 28 Jan. 2020 Her sense of humor has a rooted particularism, and her comic timing is sharp. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Nov. 2019 The AfD has exploited the power of eastern particularism. The Economist, 31 Oct. 2019 But are particularism and universalism our only options? Martin Peretz, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2018 Over time, elision became neglect: Partial articulations of a world of peoples were conflated with the very toxic particularism they had been created to realistically combat. Martin Peretz, WSJ, 8 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of particularism

circa 1834, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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