individualism individualism  /ˌɪn dɪ vɪ ˈdu ə ˌlɪ zəm/


  1. (n) the quality of being individual
  2. (n) a belief in the importance of the individual and the virtue of self-reliance and personal independence
  3. (n) the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs

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  1. A combination of towering individuals and societies that played down individualism helped liberate, ravage and resurrect the vast, protean region.
  2. I'm a daughter of the middle class with a strong sense of social mobility and individualism, like the waves of immigrants, like my Spanish grandparents, who made Argentina.
  3. Rugged individualism and altruistic values are not mutually exclusive.


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    Fill the Void says “I do?” Holy Hasidic hot potato, Bat-mensch! Writer/director Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void is an emotionally potent tale about the collision of individualism and tradition, complicated by amorous affections and familial responsibilities.
    on July 4, 2013     Source: The Reader

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  1. "Until guys all decide to buy in and realize it's a team and not an individual game, then we're not going to go anywhere," Kolzig said. "But having a fresh voice in here with Bruce hopefully will turn that individualism around."
    on Nov 22, 2007 By: Olaf Kolzig Source:

  2. In 1928, Republican presidential nominee Herbert Hoover spoke of the "American system of rugged individualism" in a speech at New York's Madison Square Garden.
    on Oct 21, 2007 By: Herbert Hoover Source: Sify

  3. Benedict said Europe's population trends, "besides putting economic growth at risk, can also cause enormous difficulties for social cohesion, and, above all, favor dangerous individualism, careless about the consequences for the future."
    on Mar 24, 2007 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: Forbes

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