fun·​da·​men·​tal·​ism | \ ˌfən-də-ˈmen-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce fundamentalism (audio) \

Definition of fundamentalism

1a often capitalized : a movement in 20th century Protestantism emphasizing the literally interpreted Bible as fundamental to Christian life and teaching
b : the beliefs of this movement
c : adherence to such beliefs a minister noted for his strict fundamentalism
2 : a movement or attitude stressing strict and literal adherence to a set of basic principles Islamic fundamentalism political fundamentalism

Other Words from fundamentalism

fundamentalist \ ˌfən-​də-​ˈmen-​tə-​list How to pronounce fundamentalism (audio) \ noun
fundamentalist or fundamentalistic \ ˌfən-​də-​ˌmen-​tə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce fundamentalism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fundamentalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Freedom Tower’s mix of iconography seems to stand as a metaphor for Liberty’s view of the relationship between nationalism and religion: that our nation and its leaders exist only to spread religious fundamentalism. Brice Particelli, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 And a lot of this book turns on a kind of an upswing in religious fundamentalism. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2021 Religious fundamentalism is one of the strangest things. David Marchesephoto Illustration By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, 12 July 2021 Yes, according to some economists who say market fundamentalism has failed to improve economic and social conditions. Maria Abreu, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 This bipartisan shift, which is commonly referred to as neoliberalism or market fundamentalism, began in the 1970s in response to the crisis of stagflation and international oil shocks. Daniel R. George, STAT, 26 Sep. 2021 There was a long movement toward fundamentalism as defined by conservative Evangelicals in the early ’90s. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 2 Nov. 2021 Will the Taliban, for instance, moderate its hard-line fundamentalism, especially in regard to women’s rights, in order to curry favor with the court of world opinion? Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2021 Climate fundamentalism was embraced by almost all Britain’s entire governing class. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 17 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of fundamentalism

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fundamentalism

fundamental entry 1 + -ism

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8 Jan 2022

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“Fundamentalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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