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universalism

[yoo-nuh-vur-suh-liz-uh m] /ˌyu nəˈvɜr səˌlɪz əm/
noun
1.
universal character; universality.
2.
a universal range of knowledge, interests, or activities.
3.
(initial capital letter) the doctrine that emphasizes the universal fatherhood of God and the final salvation of all souls.
Compare apocatastasis (def 2).
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; universal + -ism
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  • The universalism of the communist ideal still moves him.
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British Dictionary definitions for universalism

universalism

/ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
a universal feature or characteristic
2.
another word for universality
3.
(social welfare) the principle that welfare services should be available to all by right, according to need, and not restricted by individual ability to pay, but funded by general contributions through taxes, rates, or national insurance payments

Universalism

/ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
a system of religious beliefs maintaining that all men are predestined for salvation
Derived Forms
Universalist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for universalism
n.

1805, from universal + -ism.

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