poly·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce polygenesis (audio) \

Definition of polygenesis

: development from more than one source

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Douglass was especially critical of the promotion of polygenesis: the idea that the races of humankind emerged in separate creation events and with unequal capacities. Britt Rusert, Slate Magazine, "Lessons to Learn From the “Fugitive Scientists”," 1 Mar. 2017 Far less so is Samuel Morton (champion of the obsolete theory of polygenesis) or Thomas Dixon (author of novels romanticizing Klan violence). Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times, "A History of Race and Racism in America, in 24 Chapters," 22 Feb. 2017 This shaped his application of special creationism to humans, in a theory that came to be known as polygenesis. National Geographic, "Darwin's Theory of Evolution Roiled U.S. on Eve of Civil War," 5 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of polygenesis

circa 1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polygenesis

New Latin

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