par·​tic·​u·​lar·​ism | \pər-ˈti-k(yə-)lə-ˌri-zəm, 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 , pə-​ also  pär-​ \ noun or adjective
particularistic \ pər-​ˌti-​k(yə-​)lə-​ˈri-​stik , pə-​ also  pär-​ \ adjective

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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, "‘Rooted Cosmopolitans’ Review: Of Persons and Peoples," 8 May 2018 Summing up, Trump’s tariffs exhibit definite hallmarks of presidential particularism. Kenneth Lowande, Washington Post, "Will Trump’s tariffs help him with his voters?," 6 Mar. 2018 Citing the work of Jonathan Dancy, Eleanor preaches the virtues of moral particularism—the belief that there are no absolute principles, because the specifics of each individual situation dictate the proper moral response. Scott Meslow, GQ, "The Good Place," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of particularism

circa 1834, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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