Spencerianism
noun Date: 1881 the synthetic philosophy of Herbert Spencer that has as its central idea the mechanistic evolution of the cosmos from relative simplicity to relative complexity

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  • spencerianism — spen·ce·ri·an·ism …   English syllables

  • spencerianism —  ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷əˌnizəm noun ( s) Usage: usually capitalized : the synthetic philosophy of Spencer that has as its central idea the evolution of the cosmos from relative simplicity to relative complexity through the operation of mechanical forces… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Spen|ce|ri|an — Spen|ce|ri|an1 «spehn SIHR ee uhn», adjective, noun. –adj. of or having to do with the English philosopher Herbert Spencer (1820 1903) or with Spencerianism. –n. a follower or adherent of Herbert Spencer or Spencerianism. Spen|ce|ri|an2 «spehn… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • spencerism — ˈspen(t)səˌrizəm noun ( s) Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Herbert Spencer died 1903 English philosopher + ism : spencerianism …   Useful english dictionary

  • synthetic philosophy — noun : spencerianism * * * the philosophy of Herbert Spencer, intended as a synthesis of all the sciences. * * * synthetic philosophy noun Herbert Spencer s system, a fusion, as he thought, of the different sciences into a whole • • • Main Entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • spencerian — I. (ˈ)spen|sirēən, |sēr adjective Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Herbert Spencer died 1903 English philosopher + English ian (adjective suffix) : of or relating to the philosopher Spencer or Spencerianism II. noun ( …   Useful english dictionary

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