personalism

noun
per·​son·​al·​ism | \ˈpərs-nə-ˌli-zəm, ˈpər-sə-nə-\

Definition of personalism 

: a doctrine emphasizing the significance, uniqueness, and inviolability of personality

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Other Words from personalism

personalist \ ˈpərs-​nə-​list , ˈpər-​sə-​nə-​ \ noun or adjective
personalistic \ ˌpərs-​nə-​ˈli-​stik , ˌpər-​sə-​nə-​ \ adjective

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Research on how to measure a leader’s personalism sheds light on these developments and how Xi’s moves compare with those in other regimes, like Vladimir Putin’s Russia, Kim Jong Un’s North Korea or Paul Kagame’s Rwanda. Erica Frantz, Washington Post, "Did Xi Jinping just become China’s strongman? Not quite.," 13 Mar. 2018 Changing the constitution to keep the leader in office is precisely the kind of change that scholars use to gauge rising or falling personalism. Jeremy Wallace, Washington Post, "Is Xi Jinping now a ‘leader for life,’ like Mao? Here’s why this is dangerous.," 27 Feb. 2018 First, personalism makes calamitous mistakes more likely, as policy follows the whims of an individual. Jeremy Wallace, Washington Post, "Is Xi Jinping now a ‘leader for life,’ like Mao? Here’s why this is dangerous.," 27 Feb. 2018 Most dictatorships feature some degree of personalism, but a host of factors influence the extent to which the leader retains the ultimate say in policy. Erica Frantz, Washington Post, "Did Xi Jinping just become China’s strongman? Not quite.," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of personalism

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

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