Definition of individualistic in English:



  • 1More interested in individual people than in society as a whole.

    ‘individualistic cultures where individuals strive for self-realization’
    • ‘While this may seem somewhat alien to us individualistic Westerners, it creates some very fine fellowships.’
    • ‘She then moves to discuss her second theme, how liturgy establishes community, a necessary corrective in a time when many concentrate on more individualistic expressions of spirituality.’
    • ‘And within the church, synagogue, and mosque population there is a visible shift from conservative, authoritarian, and dogmatic faiths to increasingly individualistic and consumerist versions.’
    • ‘This also leads to the much discussed charge that conceptions of autonomy, and the moral and political principles built upon them, are overly individualistic in their requirements and implications.’
    • ‘He strongly disagreed with the individualistic spirit prevalent in the U.S. ethos, and in the 1980s and 1990s publicly opposed Catholic neoconservatives for that reason.’
    • ‘The warm, fuzzy rhetoric of the sisterhood is completely at odds with our brutal, individualistic, competitive society.’
    • ‘At his time America could still have been molded in a less individualistic direction and have become more accustomed to thinking and living as people in the Bible did.’
    • ‘Given the competitive and individualistic nature of baseball under the profit system, players are under enormous pressure to use steroids in order to gain an extra edge.’
    • ‘It does, however, underscore the challenge of changing reward systems to meet quality requirements within an individualistic society.’
    • ‘That seems like the outcome of an individualistic rather than a collective period.’
    • ‘Teamwork is considered to be unimportant, so the tendency to become more individualistic increases; moreover, tolerance toward peers decreases.’
    • ‘The individualistic orientation, however, is more likely to advocate privileged treatment for oneself.’
    • ‘Globalization depends on an ideology of accumulating wealth, personal glory, or individualistic freedom, she said.’
    • ‘The historical roots of American feminism are overwhelmingly individualistic.’
    • ‘They had left the feudal system of Scotland for a more individualistic way of life.’
    • ‘I must stress that I do not mean to suggest that all or even most theories that are founded upon rights are individualistic or atomistic.’
    • ‘Industry was full of individualistic entrepreneurs who weren't thrilled about the new regulations.’
    • ‘But in the fragmented, decentralized, and individualistic context of American government, most politicians (most of the time) instead pursue electoral strategies that are risk-averse and cautious.’
    • ‘He demonstrates that first-aid very slowly trickled down to needy Germans and how individualistic attitudes replaced communal ones as the Cold War intensified.’
    • ‘And while the Republicans may talk about the importance of communities, voluntary associations, and churches as supports for personal transformation, their core message remains essentially individualistic.’
    unconventional, unorthodox, uncommon, atypical, singular, unique, original, off-centre, nonconformist, independent, freethinking, liberated, unconstrained, unfettered, untrammelled, free-spirited, pioneering, groundbreaking
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  • 2Marked by or expressing individuality; unconventional.

    ‘her work is quirky and genuinely individualistic’
    • ‘Thirdly, English witchcraft beliefs made the suspects very individualistic.’
    • ‘It's true, artists are very individualistic in that way.’
    • ‘The execution may have been a step back from the July performance, but the interpretation was notably different more individualistic and worked-out.’
    • ‘She is a free spirit who embarrasses her child not by her backwardness but by her progressiveness, her individualistic way of dressing and behaving.’
    • ‘His childhood was happy, although he was always a bit mischievous, individualistic and anti-establishment.’
    • ‘He also reminds us that being human entails a capacity for individualistic expression.’
    • ‘Instead the papers are permeated with a modernistic and very individualistic notion of gender.’
    • ‘The kennel owner should find out how these guests feel at his home as they are highly individualistic.’
    • ‘He returned to Germany, where he taught in a pottery school and began to make the individualistic, realistic sculptures that would define his career.’
    • ‘In recent years a number of artists have worked from a more individualistic perspective.’
    • ‘Spontaneous dialogue delivery interspersed with humour and the individualistic use of dance and music make this art form impressive.’
    • ‘The results are surprising, creative and individualistic.’