fundamentalism fundamentalism n. 1. A system of beliefs based on the interpretation of every word in the Bible, both old and new testaments, as literal truth. It is primarily held by a branch of American Protestants. [WordNet 1.5]

2. The beliefs or practises based on a rigid adherence to some traditional doctrine; extreme conservatism; as, Moslem fundamentalism; the political fundamentalism of the Christian right. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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