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1. Irrational thought, expression, or behavior; irrationality.
2. Belief in feeling, instinct, or other nonrational forces rather than reason.


(ɪˈræʃ ə nlˌɪz əm)

1. irrationality in thought or action.
2. a theory that nonrational forces govern the universe.
ir•ra′tion•al•ist, adj., n.
ir•ra`tion•al•is′tic, adj.


1. a theory that nonrational forces govern the universe.
2. any attitude or set of beliefs having a nonrational basis, as nihilism. — irrationalist, n., adj.irrationalistic, adj.
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America, the most practical nation in the world, had produced the greatest irrationalists of the age-Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman.
The irrationalists who presently dominate education would wipe away all record of the past.
When irrationalists, as opposed to rationalists, start suggesting that children shouldn't he exposed to science, to biology, and the idea that life has changed, and instead promote the biblical version of how we came to exist, then I think we should speak out.
The comprehensive rationalists cannot defend themselves against the irrationalists who despise arguments.
Among them, we find the long line of spiritualists, irrationalists, theoretical mystics--practical mystics wisely keep quiet and apply themselves, fruitfully, to their worthy exercises--and those who have an obsession for the supernatural.
That shouldn't be of much comfort to irrationalists.
In these historians' view--and it seems, at times, in Freehling's--the only reason secession and civil war occurred was because a handful of irrationalists, spreading irrationalism throughout the body politic, pushed the country into it.
One will not soon forget her recurrent use, as a diagnostic tool for some of the less sane pronouncements of the irrationalists, of J.
Having shown the flaws and fallacies of the irrationalists, here Nola could have presented us with a rational and philosophically coherent alternative, and in so doing, have given the book a more positive orientation.