Definition of evolutionist in English:


Pronunciation /ɛːvəˈluːʃ(ə)nɪst//iːvəˈluːʃ(ə)nɪst/


  • A person who believes in the theories of evolution and natural selection.

    • ‘Oh wait, these great scientists weren't evolutionists: they all believed in creation!’
    • ‘This exercise has led to grandstanding by some evolutionists that this proves creationists wrong.’
    • ‘But Darwinian evolutionists have hardly ignored the matter of complex processes.’
    • ‘Emphasis is placed on how creationists and evolutionists can look at the same data and yet come to different conclusions.’
    • ‘They are also vital when evolutionists defend their scientific credibility.’
    • ‘Note that this does not mean that evolutionists believe that only one woman existed at that time.’
    • ‘Shouldn't evolutionists rejoice, and creationists despair, at all this observed change?’
    • ‘All the neo-catastrophists were evolutionists and believed in the billions of years of earth history.’
    • ‘This is a difficulty for evolutionists since they believe that all insects share a common ancestor.’
    • ‘Both evolutionists and creationists would do well to study his assessment of the current state of human fossils.’
    • ‘Rather, most evolutionists now believe it contained carbon dioxide and nitrogen.’
    • ‘Many evolutionists are calling this creationism wrapped in a new package.’
    • ‘The battle between evolutionists and creationists may have great urgency in the American Bible belt, but little elsewhere.’
    • ‘The authors simply believe evolutionists need to look at the evidence in a fresh way.’
    • ‘Strangely, evolutionists protest loudly when creationists use this approach!’
    • ‘Yet today many evolutionists claim that creationists cannot be scientists.’
    • ‘This makes no sense evolutionarily speaking; the evolutionists sweep this fact under the rug.’
    • ‘The reality is that fossils are being found in new places all the time but these finds do not cause evolutionists to doubt evolution.’
    • ‘All evolutionists agree that genetic drift can't explain adaptive evolution.’
    • ‘Although evolutionists believe that feathers evolved from scales, they have very little in common.’


  • Relating to the theories of evolution and natural selection.

    ‘an evolutionist model’
    • ‘It is perfectly plausible, however, for an evolutionist to quote, use, and parrot from evolutionist sources.’
    • ‘Further, there is too much variety to be accommodated by any evolutionist theory of common descent.’
    • ‘Although the origins of the experimental child psychology are to be found in Germany, the new empirical and evolutionist child study was practiced mainly in the Anglo-Saxon world.’
    • ‘The categories and relations of evolutionist theory in anthropology expressed deeply held values.’
    • ‘Instead, contrary to evolutionist principles and values, they have operated as congruent features in the changing patterns of African-American life for at least the past two centuries.’
    • ‘Just when you think you've seen it all, another evolutionist theory gets proposed!’
    • ‘All through high school, evolutionist doctrines have been crammed down my throat, and my belief in the Lord Jesus Christ has been ridiculed without respite.’
    • ‘That is indeed an old and dismissive evolutionist argument.’
    • ‘Despite the fact that the change does nothing to prevent the teaching of evolution or even encourage creation to be taught, it has upset many evolutionist teachers and officials in Kentucky.’
    • ‘We then see how thinking in terms of final causes was revived in the works of Immanuel Kant and William Paley, but now found itself faced with the problem of accommodating progressionist and evolutionist thinking.’
    • ‘Posed against its use first as evolutionist trophy and then as ethnographic evidence, this aestheticization is not entirely value-free for it allows the work to be both decontextualized and commodified.’
    • ‘So the story-tellers - I mean evolutionist cosmologists - once told us.’
    • ‘Maybe it will give him, and some other evolutionist apologists, food for thought the next time they put one of their grandmothers on a train.’
    • ‘Since creationists recognize deterioration and mutations since the Fall, there is no uniquely evolutionist prediction here.’
    • ‘What needs editing is not Darwinian biology but evolutionist materialism.’
    • ‘Contrary to the mass media's claims, teaching of evolutionist theory was not to be in any way forbidden, or in any way restricted.’
    • ‘The colonisers, more or less impregnated with the evolutionist model and, before that, the belief that they were the carriers of a universal civilisation, saw in otherness a primitive and deformed version of their own identity.’
    • ‘Early on, evolutionist ideas were challenged by more particularist and relativist notions of anthropology.’
    • ‘But this is hotly disputed by some evolutionist experts themselves, and it is just as reasonable to presume that theropods did not have those last two sacs.’
    • ‘What he would contest, though, is the implication that Darwin had recanted his evolutionist theories and embraced the church - a claim strenuously denied by his family.’