Definition of irrationalism in English:


Pronunciation /iˈraSHənlˌizəm/ /ɪˈræʃənlˌɪzəm/


  • A system of belief or action that disregards or contradicts rational principles.

    • ‘In this sense, perhaps the best way to fight irrationalism is by promoting rationalism.’
    • ‘But toward the end of his life, irrationalism has become an ideology.’
    • ‘Overnight, the tendency of naturalistic rationalism to decay into postmodern irrationalism became a national joke.’
    • ‘A large part of the difficulty is that the discourse of the populist Right is also often characterised by irrationalism and hyperbolic abuse.’
    • ‘The decline of Newton's reputation tracks the rise of irrationalism among Western literati.’
    • ‘He showed a growing distaste for surrealism because of its perceived irrationalism and its criticism of the USSR.’
    • ‘What greater proof of their irrationalism could there be?’
    • ‘The sleep of reason brings forth monsters, and in the past two decades or so the spread of irrationalism has produced monsters galore.’
    • ‘And in a triumph of irrationalism, they announce that they are to be married.’
    • ‘A partial list of what was then fashionable would necessarily include: Darwinism, idealism, irrationalism, vitalism, Marxism, socialism and positivism.’
    • ‘Respect someone for the quality of their beliefs, their content, not the quantity with which they're held, lest cruel irrationalism become valued for its very excesses.’
    • ‘It has the further advantage of not forcing us right from the beginning, and without any theoretical alternative, into outright relativism and irrationalism.’
    • ‘The intended effect is the same - to suffocate all independent and critical thinking through the non-stop promotion of irrationalism, backwardness and lies.’
    • ‘In a brilliant insight, Furedi claims that this instrumental downgrading of knowledge is just the flip side of postmodern irrationalism.’
    • ‘By extending naturalism even to his own mind and soul, the materialist ends up sliding into his own morass of irrationalism and superstition.’
    • ‘Proto-fascists drew on contemporary science (or rather pseudo-science) as well as irrationalism.’
    • ‘Unlike his contemporary American Minimalist Donald Judd, Arico sustained a kind of irrationalism, an anti-symmetry.’
    • ‘It is time secular and self-proclaimed leftist intellectuals called off their romance with irrationalism and romanticism.’
    • ‘In America, fairy tales are for children: acknowledged irrationalism is for youth.’
    • ‘So much for the duller secularism's nonsense about irrationalism and whimsy.’



/iˈraSHənlˌizəm/ /ɪˈræʃənlˌɪzəm/