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 (fē′dā-ĭz-əm, fī′dē-)
Reliance on faith alone rather than scientific reasoning or philosophy in questions of religion.

[Probably from French fidéïsme, from Latin fidēs, faith; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.]

fi′de·ist n.
fi′de·is′tic adj.


(Theology) the theological doctrine that religious truth is a matter of faith and cannot be established by reason. Compare natural theology
[C19: from Latin fidēs faith]
ˈfideist n
ˌfideˈistic adj


(ˈfi deɪˌɪz əm, ˈfaɪ di-)

exclusive reliance in religious matters upon faith, with consequent rejection of appeals to science or philosophy.
[1880–85; (< French fidéisme) < Latin fide-, s. of fidēs faith + -ism]
fi′de•ist, n.
fi`de•is′tic, adj.


a reliance, in a search for religious truth, on faith alone. — fideist, n. — fideistic. adj.
See also: Faith
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