Definition of Traditionalism

1. Noun. Strict adherence to traditional methods or teachings.

Exact synonyms: Traditionality
Generic synonyms: Orthodoxy
Specialized synonyms: Academicism, Academism, Scholasticism
Derivative terms: Traditionalist, Traditionalistic, Traditional

2. Noun. Adherence to tradition (especially in cultural or religious matters).
Generic synonyms: Adherence, Adhesion, Attachment
Category relationships: Faith, Religion, Religious Belief
Derivative terms: Traditionalist, Traditionalistic

3. Noun. The doctrine that all knowledge was originally derived by divine revelation and that it is transmitted by traditions.

Definition of Traditionalism

1. n. A system of faith founded on tradition; esp., the doctrine that all religious faith is to be based solely upon what is delivered from competent authority, exclusive of rational processes.

Definition of Traditionalism

1. Noun. The adherence to traditional views or practices, especially with regard to cultural or religious matters. ¹

2. Noun. A philosophical system which makes tradition the supreme criterion and rule of certitude; the doctrine that human reason is of itself radically unable to know with certainty any truth or, at least, the fundamental truths of the metaphysical, moral, and religious order. ¹

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Definition of Traditionalism

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Traditionalism

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traditionalism (current term)

Literary usage of Traditionalism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Source Book for Ancient Church History: From the Apostolic Age to the by Joseph Cullen Ayer (1913)
"THE FIRST ORIGENISTIC CONTROVERSY AND THE TRIUMPH OF traditionalism In the East the leading theologians of the fourth century were educated under the ..."

2. William George Ward and the Catholic Revival by Wilfrid Philip Ward (1893)
"A deeper thinker than de Maistre, though a less marked personality, was Vicomte de Bonald, the founder of traditionalism. traditionalism stood to the French ..."

3. Rural Substance Abuse: State of Knowledge & Issues edited by Elizabeth B. Robertson (1999)
"High Mexican family traditionalism is characterized by themes of: (1) closeness, ... These items form two scales: a family traditionalism scale (7 items, ..."

4. Epistemology; Or, The Theory of Knowledge: An Introduction to General by Peter Coffey (1917)
"MODIFIED traditionalism. ITS SOUL OF TRUTH. traditionalism, RATIONALISM, AND CATHOLIC TEACHING.— 1 Cf. vol. i., § 15, p. 65. 2 It is this real function of ..."

5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"When replaced in its historical surroundings, traditionalism clearly appears as a reaction and a protest against the rationalism of the philosophers of the ..."

6. A Compendium of Christian Theology: Being Analytical Outlines of a Course of by William Burt Pope (1889)
"RATIONALISM AND traditionalism. There are two errors on this subject which ... traditionalism, on the other, makes the Scripture only a standard parallel ..."

7. The Representative Significance of Form: An Essay in Comparative Aesthetics by George Lansing Raymond (1909)
"... Religion and Art—Influence of Recognizing it upon Opinions Concerning Religion—Concerning Art—Nevertheless Art Lessens Materialism and traditionalism, ..."

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