individualism - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “individualism”

See all translations

individualism

noun [U] uk   us   /ˌɪn.dɪˈvɪd.ju.ə.lɪ.zəm/

individualism noun [U] (SINGLE)

the idea that freedom of thought and action for each person is the most important quality of a society, rather than shared effort and responsibility

individualism noun [U] (DIFFERENT)

the quality of being different or original
individualistic
adjective uk   /ˌɪn.dɪˌvɪd.ju.əˈlɪs.tɪk/  us   /-t̬ɪk/
Her approach is highly individualistic and may not be suitable for everyone.
individualistically
adverb uk   /ˌɪn.dɪ.vɪd.ju.əˈlɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/  us   /-t̬ɪ-/
(Definition of individualism from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of individualism?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “individualism” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Kate Woodford,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ebolaphobia noun

June 01, 2015
irrational fear of the (spread of) the Ebola virus Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Read More