per·​son·​al·​ism | \ ˈpərs-nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce personalism (audio) , ˈpər-sə-nə- \

Definition of personalism

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

Other Words from personalism

personalist \ ˈpərs-​nə-​list How to pronounce personalism (audio) , ˈpər-​sə-​nə-​ \ noun or adjective
personalistic \ ˌpərs-​nə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce personalism (audio) , ˌpər-​sə-​nə-​ \ adjective

Examples of personalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Third, increased personalism also undermines the idea of a Chinese governance model. Jeremy Wallace, Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2018 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, 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, 27 Feb. 2018 First, personalism makes calamitous mistakes more likely, as policy follows the whims of an individual. Jeremy Wallace, Washington Post, 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, 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of personalism

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Personalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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