social Darwinism


Definition of social Darwinism

: an extension of Darwinism to social phenomena specifically : a sociological theory that sociocultural advance is the product of intergroup conflict and competition and the socially elite classes (such as those possessing wealth and power) possess biological superiority in the struggle for existence

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social Darwinist noun or adjective

First Known Use of social Darwinism

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Social Darwinism.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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