from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Exclusive adherence to, dedication to, or interest in one's own group, party, sect, or nation.
- n. A principle of allowing each state in a nation or federation to act independently of the central authority, especially in promoting its own economic interests.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The principle that only certain people are chosen by God for salvation.
- n. An exclusive focus on a particular group, area, sect etc.
- n. The principle that individual states, races of a federation etc. may act independently of a central authority.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A minute description; a detailed statement.
- n. The doctrine of particular election.
- n. Devotion to the interests of one's own kingdom or province rather than to those of the empire.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Attention or adherence to or exclusive interest in one's own special interests, party, or state; individual, partizan, or national exclusiveness.
- n. Attention to particulars or details.
- n. In theology, the doctrine that divine grace is provided only for the particular individuals chosen by God to be its recipients, as opposed to the doctrine that his grace is freely and equally offered to all upon condition of its acceptance in and by faith.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a focus on something particular
From particular + -ism, after French particularisme. (Wiktionary)