Fundamentalism is defined as strict adherence to some belief or ideology, especially in a religious context, or a form of Christianity where the Bible is taken literally and obeyed in full.
When a person follows every possible rule of the Bible, both literal and implied, this is an example of fundamentalism.
- religious beliefs based on a literal interpretation of the Bible
- the 20th-cent. movement among some American Protestants, based on these beliefs
- any strict adherence to or interpretation of a doctrine, set of principles, etc.
- A usually religious movement or point of view characterized by a return to fundamental principles, by rigid adherence to those principles, and often by intolerance of other views and opposition to secularism.
- a. often Fundamentalism An organized, militant Evangelical movement originating in the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s in opposition to Protestant Liberalism and secularism, insisting on the inerrancy of Scripture.b. Adherence to the theology of this movement.
(countable and uncountable, plural fundamentalisms)
- (religion) The tendency to reduce a religion to its most fundamental tenets, based on strict interpretation of core texts.
- (finance) The belief that fundamental financial quantities are the best predictor of the price of an instrument.
- The beliefs held by those in this movement.
- Strict adherence to any set of basic ideas or principles.
fundamental + -ism.