Definition of conservatism in English:

conservatism

noun

mass noun
  • 1Commitment to traditional values and ideas with opposition to change or innovation.

    ‘proponents of theological conservatism’
    • ‘Like Nabokov, whose family was similarly fallen, he displayed a complex mix of elite liberalism and disdainful conservatism.’
    • ‘Its conservatism led patrons of modern art to look for alternatives.’
    • ‘I think it says something about the conservatism of Australian producers.’
    • ‘Even the war films that do not make use of these stereotypes are, for the most part, possessed of an inherent conservatism.’
    • ‘This perception is rent by contradictions between assimilation and separation, conservatism and liberalism, and tradition and progression.’
    • ‘This is a fable that talks about the existence and acceptance of differences in a time of conservatism and religious bigotry.’
    • ‘The dichotomy stems from his musical conservatism.’
    • ‘Insecurity is the basis of our conservatism.’
    • ‘There is this conservatism, this lack of understanding, this ignorance.’
    • ‘Economics risks suffocating architecture, but so does polite conservatism and a consumerist attitude.’
  • 2The holding of political views that favour free enterprise, private ownership, and socially conservative ideas.

    ‘a party that espoused conservatism’
    • ‘Democrats scoffed at the Republican mantra of "compassionate conservatism" that will provide little more than empty rhetoric.’
    • ‘Amid the urban riots, campus unrest, economic strains, and Vietnam War controversies of the late 1960s, Republican conservatism revived.’
    • ‘He goes on to argue that the "new conservatism is being put into place through cultural rather than political strategies."’
    • ‘The hallmark of this transition has been his decisive action installing an administration that is long on experience and generally high on conservatism.’
    • ‘It was a carefully choreographed convention, one that strived to put distance between the harsh, ideological brand of conservatism practiced by the party's old guard.’
    • ‘He himself describes his political views as a "Machiavellian brand of conservatism."’
    • ‘The conservative traditions that have been the cement of the social capital of rural communities have underpinned the political conservatism of rural Australia.’
    • ‘The political history of Portugal in the 20th century has done much to reinforce a deeply entrenched conservatism.’
    • ‘Critical perspectives on economics are key to countering the rise of political conservatism on campuses.’
    • ‘All energy was put into judicial censoring action, finding allies within the Right, thereby showing a vehement conservatism within feminism.’
    1. 2.1 The doctrines of the Conservative Party of Great Britain or a similar party elsewhere.
      ‘the thrust of post-war Conservatism’
      • ‘That capture of a weakened Labour machine by the Left would not suffice to defeat the new Conservatism.’
      • ‘The essays on Australian Conservatism provided some insight into conservative ideology and organization between the world wars.’
      • ‘Whereas his predecessor sought to dominate her party, he hoped to heal divisions and to create a new, consensual form of Conservatism.’
      • ‘Conservatism revived with the dual leadership of Bentinck and Disraeli.’
      • ‘They gave Chamberlainite managerial Conservatism a broad support.’
      • ‘The college became a bastion of Conservatism in the Thatcher Era.’
      • ‘A Conservative MP, he maintained in the 1920s that Conservatism was "above all things a spirit, not an abstract doctrine."’
      • ‘For Major, Conservatism is about allowing people to fulfill their potential.’
      • ‘He claimed that during the previous 20 years, the Conservatives had emphasized the strong features of Conservatism.’
      • ‘He does not radiate the same enjoyment in scoring off the prime minister as he did when his main targets were the Crown and Conservatism.’

Pronunciation

conservatism

/kənˈsəːvətɪz(ə)m/