Meaning of Darwinism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɑːwɪnɪz(ə)m/

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mass noun
  • The theory of the evolution of species by natural selection advanced by Charles Darwin.

    ‘The Christians seem to be allowed less difficulty in accepting evolutionism in general and Darwinism in particular.’
    • ‘For us as scientists, natural selection and Darwinism are essentially synonymous.’
    • ‘The way the tail grows could prove Darwinism and evolution or prove it totally wrong!’
    • ‘He seems to be saying that there is evolution but that Darwinism is not the explanation.’
    • ‘Could anyone be so nuts as to suggest that creationism and Darwinism be taught side by side, as competing theories of how we all got here?’
    • ‘I can't think of any theory as broad as Darwinism or Freudianism that could be falsified directly.’
    • ‘The combination of Darwinism and molecular biology has created the orthodoxy known as neo-Darwinism.’
    • ‘The second of the central tenets of classical Darwinism is the unfettered efficacy of natural selection.’
    • ‘There are many Christian evolutionists, and many ways to reconcile Christianity with Darwinism.’
    • ‘My position is that there isn't a necessary connection between Darwinism and atheism.’
    • ‘Among the things that Darwinism made were behaviours, which are predispositions to react in certain ways.’
    • ‘How can the evolution of human ethics be reconciled with Darwinism?’
    • ‘Margulis and Sagan say that Darwinism never really addresses where new species come from.’
    • ‘He singles out Dawkins as promoting the view that Darwinism is a Universal Explanation of Everything.’
    • ‘As Fuller sees it, Darwinism is being taught as dogma and intelligent design acts as a ‘critical foil’ to those ideas.’
    • ‘The big bang and Darwinism are two halves, physical and biological, of an atheistic origins myth.’
    • ‘They say that Darwinism is not about how life got started, but rather, how life evolved.’
    • ‘Science fiction is firmly rooted in Darwinism and presents a distorted view of reality.’
    • ‘It was inevitable that Darwinism and its later development into the science of genetics should face fierce opposition from theologians.’
    • ‘Acceptance of Darwinism and rejection of religion were critical for the new movements of communism.’
    Darwinism, natural selection

Darwin argued that since offspring tend to vary slightly from their parents, mutations which make an organism better adapted to its environment will be encouraged and developed by the pressures of natural selection, leading to the evolution of new species differing widely from one another and from their common ancestors. Darwinism was later developed by the findings of Mendelian genetics (see