Definition of fundamentalism in English:



  • 1A form of a religion, especially Islam or Protestant Christianity, that upholds belief in the strict, literal interpretation of scripture.

    • ‘The main selling point for fundamentalism's Bible prophecies is to get insight into what is coming soon.’
    • ‘It is also ironic some sections of Protestant fundamentalism criticise the Catholic Church for having a pope.’
    • ‘Twentieth-century fundamentalism has acted as a drag on secularizing tendencies.’
    • ‘This bill is important, because so many times we hear speeches in this House based on moral outrage and fundamentalism.’
    • ‘Christian fundamentalism is not an aspect of Ashcroft's politics, it is the entire basis.’
    • ‘The values of capitalist America, and a good dose of Christian fundamentalism, pervade every aspect of school and town.’
    • ‘It seems the approach Webster took to telling the messages of the Bible was one of basic fundamentalism.’
    • ‘Then, for some reason, the subject changed to fundamentalism and the US Bible belt.’
    • ‘Religious revivalism sometimes took the form of extreme literalism, often termed fundamentalism.’
    • ‘Neither does it have any problem with Christian fundamentalism.’
    • ‘For that matter, which networks air programs on the virtues of Christian fundamentalism?’
    • ‘I think there is no school of Christian fundamentalism that remotely approximates to this level of dominance, or even aspires to it.’
    fanaticism, radicalism, zealotry, zeal, fundamentalism, dogmatism, bigotry, militancy, activism
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Strict adherence to the basic principles of any subject or discipline.
      ‘free-market fundamentalism’
      • ‘What importance might be attached to his views in general, as well as for science, in our present international clash of ideologies and fundamentalisms?’
      • ‘By recognizing each other's narrative, Jews, Christians, and Muslims prevent the discourse of their respective fundamentalisms from becoming instruments of foreign policy, as is presently the case.’
      • ‘Does this suggest any sort of parallel to the rise of religious fundamentalisms in Islam and Judaism?’
      • ‘For example, Marty is known for defining and explaining fundamentalisms in various religions. he also comments frequently on the relations between religion and culture.’
      • ‘Such dualism, which in effect consigns the Other to perdition, is in modernity often a characteristic of fundamentalisms, whether Jewish, Christian, or Islamic.’
      • ‘This conception of ‘science’ is just as blindly dogmatic as the religious fundamentalisms against which its adherents would have us believe they are fighting.’
      • ‘Halliday is a harsh critic of Islamic and other religious fundamentalisms and, although he is much less detailed about this, right wing and racist forces in the West.’
      • ‘One reactionary response, seen in most major religions, has been to turn back in time to once-prevalent orthodoxies or fundamentalisms.’
      • ‘There were also more nationalisms based on religious fundamentalisms that restricted women's roles as part of their doctrine.’
      • ‘So we have on the one hand, as it were, fundamentalisms, if I can just paint a black-and-white picture for a moment, and we have on the other hand a kind of mindless relativism in which values evaporate.’
      • ‘In Iraq, the two unforgiving eye-for-an-eye fundamentalisms - American and Islamic, informed by the doctrine of blood sacrifice - confront one another in an arena of escalating violence.’
      • ‘Islamic fundamentalism compared to other fundamentalisms - Christian and Orthodox Jewish shows that they all aspire to return women to the status they are said to have occupied in certain ancient nomadic Middle Eastern tribes.’
      • ‘You can have religious fundamentalism certainly, but you can also have ethnic fundamentalism, or nationalist fundamentalisms of the sort we've seen in Bosnia and elsewhere.’
      • ‘Cricket has constructed national imaginations that undermine religious fundamentalisms.’
      • ‘It is alive and well and thriving just about everywhere: there are religious, market, political, nationalistic, and ecological fundamentalisms.’
      • ‘We see this both in the North and in the South, from ‘multiculturalism’ in the US and its emerging equivalents in Western Europe to the quite non-traditionalist religious fundamentalisms across the world.’
      • ‘I mean this combination between three fundamentalisms, the security fundamentalism, religion fundamentalism, and market fundamentalism, and three of them are over-represented in the White House nowadays.’
      • ‘Reasons for separating religion from government are provided and the dangers of fundamentalisms of all kinds are exposed.’
      • ‘Qua religions, all fundamentalisms are for them the same so that a passionate political stance is necessarily dogmatic, intolerant, irrationalist, prone to violence, anti-democratic.’
      • ‘Similarly, some religious fundamentalisms classify all non-believers (generally an ascribed rather than an achieved status) as devilish.’