wel·​far·​ism ˈwel-ˌfer-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce welfarism (audio)
: the complex of policies, attitudes, and beliefs associated with the welfare state
welfarist noun or adjective

Examples of welfarism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But those causes soon diverged, as scientists and upper-crust sportsmen came to dominate conservation and largely squeezed out the lay crusaders who had launched welfarism. Ben Goldfarb, The Atlantic, 18 Apr. 2024 This form of welfarism, Ms. Aiyar says, shifts the balance of power between citizens and the state. Sushmita Pathak, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Mar. 2024 The statement focused on inflation, unemployment, excessive taxation, inordinate welfarism — and wage and price controls. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 18 Nov. 2022 What is not true is that, given the historical conditions of the abundance made possible by capitalism, welfarism is certain to collapse in the short or medium run. Frank S. Meyer, National Review, 14 Feb. 2020 Upon a platform of opposition to these, the true evils of welfarism, conservatives can firmly stand. Frank S. Meyer, National Review, 14 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of welfarism was in 1928

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“Welfarism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welfarism. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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