The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

3 definitions found
 for individualism
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Individualism \In`di*vid"u*al*ism\, n. [Cf. F. individualisme.]
     [1913 Webster]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. The quality of being individual; individuality;
        [1913 Webster]
     2. An excessive or exclusive regard to one's personal
        interest; self-interest; selfishness.
        [1913 Webster]
              The selfishness of the small proprietor has been
              described by the best writers as individualism.
                                                    --Ed. Rev.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. The principle, policy, or practice of maintaining
        individuality, or independence of the individual, in
        action; the theory or practice of maintaining the
        independence of individual initiative, action, and
        interests, as in industrial organization or in government.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the quality of being individual; "so absorbed by the
           movement that she lost all sense of individuality" [syn:
           individuality, individualism, individuation] [ant:
           commonality, commonness]
      2: a belief in the importance of the individual and the virtue
         of self-reliance and personal independence
      3: the doctrine that government should not interfere in
         commercial affairs [syn: individualism, laissez faire]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  177 Moby Thesaurus words for "individualism":
     Declaration of Independence, acquisitiveness, animus, aptitude,
     aroma, attribute, autarchy, autarky, autism, autonomy, badge, bent,
     bias, brand, cachet, capitalism, capitalistic system, careerism,
     cast, character, characteristic, complexion, configuration,
     constitution, cut, diathesis, differentia, differential,
     differentiation, differentness, disposition, distinctive feature,
     distinctiveness, earmark, eccentricity, ego, ego trip,
     egocentricity, egocentrism, egohood, egoism, egoisticalness,
     egotism, egotisticalness, feature, figure, finance capitalism,
     flavor, free economy, free enterprise, free-enterprise economy,
     free-enterprise system, grain, graspingness, greed, gust, hallmark,
     home rule, human factor, humor, identity, idiocrasy, idiosyncrasy,
     impress, impression, inclination, independence, index,
     individuality, inner-direction, integrity, interest, keynote,
     kidney, laissez-faire, laissez-faireism, leaning, lineaments, make,
     makeup, mannerism, mark, marking, mental set, mettle, mind,
     mind-set, mold, narcissism, nature, nominalism, nonconformity,
     odor, oneness, particularism, particularity, peculiarity,
     personal aims, personal ambition, personal desires,
     personal equation, personal identity, personalism, personality,
     personship, possessiveness, predilection, predisposition,
     preference, private enterprise, private ownership, private sector,
     privatism, proclivity, propensity, property, quality, quirk,
     remoteness, rugged individualism, savor, seal, self-absorption,
     self-admiration, self-advancement, self-centeredness,
     self-centerment, self-consideration, self-containment,
     self-determination, self-devotion, self-direction, self-esteem,
     self-government, self-identity, self-indulgence, self-interest,
     self-interestedness, self-jealousy, self-occupation, self-pleasing,
     self-reliance, self-seeking, self-serving, self-solicitude,
     self-sufficiency, selfhood, selfishness, selfism, selfness, set,
     shape, singularity, slant, smack, soul, specialty, stamp,
     state capitalism, strain, streak, stripe, taint, tang, taste,
     temper, temperament, tendency, token, trait, trick, turn,
     turn of mind, twist, type, uniqueness, warp

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229