social Darwinism

noun

Definition of social Darwinism

  1. :  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

social Darwinist

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1877

First Known Use of social darwinism

1877


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