Definition of personalism in US English:



  • 1The quality of being personal, especially a theory or system based on subjective ideas or applications.

    ‘his sculpture investigating pure form from which all expressive personalism was eliminated’
    • ‘Nationalism, on the other hand, tends to express itself in authoritarianism, emotionalism, personalism, vengefulness and mean-spiritedness.’
    • ‘I believe the fundamental key he offers us is through the same personalism he uses to discuss the nature of marriage and men and women.’
    1. 1.1 Allegiance to a person, especially a political leader, rather than to a party or ideology.
    2. 1.2Philosophy A system of thought which maintains the primacy of the human or divine person on the basis that reality has meaning only through the conscious mind.
      • ‘The Catholic concept of personalism placed man in the context of God and sought to liberate his full potential.’
      • ‘I'm a bit surprised that the authors don't do more than gesture toward the lay tradition of personalism articulated by mid-century French and American Catholics.’
      • ‘The only way to destroy theism is to reject all forms of transcendence, personalism, and dualism.’
      • ‘Moreover, in recent years the Christian theology of personalism has developed a new theoretical framework for understanding the person, including the goals of psychotherapy.’
      • ‘Karol Wojtyla came to the papacy not merely as a bishop but as a professor of philosophy who had been writing about and teaching personalism in Poland long before the Second Vatican Council began.’