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in·di·vid·u·al·ism

 (ĭn′də-vĭj′o͞o-ə-lĭz′əm)
n.
1.
a. Belief in the primary importance of the individual and in the virtues of self-reliance and personal independence.
b. Acts or an act based on this belief.
2.
a. A doctrine advocating freedom from government regulation in the pursuit of a person's economic goals.
b. A doctrine holding that the interests of the individual should take precedence over the interests of the state or social group.
3.
a. The quality of being an individual; individuality.
b. An individual characteristic; a quirk.

individualism

(ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊəˌlɪzəm)
n
1. the action or principle of asserting one's independence and individuality; egoism
2. an individual quirk or peculiarity
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) another word for laissez faire1
4. (Philosophy) philosophy the doctrine that only individual things exist and that therefore classes or properties have no reality. Compare Platonism, realism5

in•di•vid•u•al•ism

(ˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u əˌlɪz əm)

n.
1. a social theory advocating the liberty, rights, or independent action of the individual.
2. the principle or habit of independent thought or action.
3. the pursuit of individual rather than common or collective interests; egoism.
4. individual character; individuality.
5. an individual peculiarity.
6. Philos.
a. the doctrine that only individual things are real.
b. the doctrine or belief that all actions are determined by, or at least take place for, the benefit of the individual, not of society as a whole.
[1825–35]

individualism

the practice of independence in thought and action on the premise that the development and expression of an individual character and personality are of the utmost importance. Cf. egoism. — individualist, n. — individualistic, adj.
See also: Self
the practice of independence in thought and action on the premise that the development and expression of an individual character and personality are of the utmost importance. Cf. egoism. — individualist, n.individualistic, adj.
See also: Attitudes
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.individualism - the quality of being individual; "so absorbed by the movement that she lost all sense of individuality"
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
singularity, uniqueness - the quality of being one of a kind; "that singularity distinguished him from all his companions"
2.individualism - a belief in the importance of the individual and the virtue of self-reliance and personal independence
belief - any cognitive content held as true
rugged individualism - individualism in social and economic affairs; belief not only in personal liberty and self-reliance but also in free competition
3.individualism - the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school

individualism

noun independence, self-interest, originality, self-reliance, egoism, egocentricity, self-direction, freethinking He is stuck with what he calls the individualism of officers.

individualism

noun
The set of behavioral or personal characteristics by which an individual is recognizable:
Translations

individualism

[ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊəlɪzəm] Nindividualismo m

individualism

[ˌɪndɪˈvɪdʒuəlɪzəm] n
[behaviour] → individualisme m

individualism

individualism

[ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊəˌlɪzm] nindividualismo
References in classic literature ?
Upon the other hand, Socialism itself will be of value simply because it will lead to Individualism.
Of course, it might be said that the Individualism generated under conditions of private property is not always, or even as a rule, of a fine or wonderful type, and that the poor, if they have not culture and charm, have still many virtues.
The question is whether it would be for the good of Individualism that such an advantage should be taken away.
Under the new conditions Individualism will be far freer, far finer, and far more intensified than it is now.
Private property has crushed true Individualism, and set up an Individualism that is false.
With the abolition of private property, then, we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism.
It was the age of intense individualism, when you were to do right because it was becoming to you, say, as a gentleman, and you were to have an eye single to the effect upon your character, if not your reputation; you were not to do a mean thing because it was wrong, but because it was mean.
As I said, I am an individualist, and individualism is the hereditary and eternal foe of socialism.
He stands as the extreme but significant exponent of violent Romantic individualism in a period when Romantic aspiration was largely disappointed and disillusioned, but was indignantly gathering its strength for new efforts.
The great man who shall save us from the shipwreck which is imminent will no doubt avail himself of individualism when he makes a nation of us once more; but until this regeneration comes, we bide our time in a materialistic and utilitarian age.
The future is as certain as the past - slavery, feudalism, individualism, collectivism.
Would you believe, they insist on complete absence of individualism and that's just what they relish