from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The practice of excluding or of being exclusive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The practice of being exclusive. Mentality characterized by the disregard for opinions and ideas other than one's own.
  • n. The doctrine that one religion is the only true religion, or that one religious sect is the only true version of a larger religion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or practice of excluding being exclusive; exclusiveness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The practice of excluding or of being exclusive; exclusiveness.


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  • First, I shall use the term exclusivism 'in such a way that you don't count as an exclusivist unless you are rather fully aware of other faiths, have had their existence and their claims called to your attention with some force and perhaps fairly frequently, have noted that the adherents of other religions sometimes appear to display great intelligence, moral excellence and spiritual insight, and have to some degree reflected on the problem of pluralism, asking yourself such questions as whether it is or could be really true that the Lord has revealed himself and his programs to Christians, say, in a way in which he hasn't revealed himself to those of other faiths.

    Warranted Christian Belief

  • There is no greater injustice then to present the revolutionary leadership, then to discriminate by using some kind of exclusivism or intolerance.


  • Is that really "exclusivism" that is being sanctified?

    My Right Word

  • Mumbai is the Marathi way of saying Bombay: the definitive name-change was imposed on the city in 1995 by the right-wing Hinduist Shiv Sena government: ‘Mumbai’ also stands for an ethnic and religious exclusivism, and an antagonism towards North Indians and Muslims.

    April « 2009 « Squares of Wheat

  • Much like the atheist movement, the interfaith movement seeks to build inter-group understanding, encourage critical thinking, and end religiously-based sociological and political exclusivism.

    Chris Stedman: Do Atheists Belong In The Interfaith Movement?

  • And no, that's not traditional universalism because it works within a very different framing narrative than traditional universalism, exclusivism, and inclusivism all assume.

    Brian D. McLaren: Will 'Love Wins' Win? We're Early In The First Inning ...

  • Individually and collectively, the arrow of evolution moves away from tribalism, literalism and exclusivism to encompass wider and wider circles of identification and concern.

    Philip Goldberg: Reflections On Governor Bentley's Sister-Brother Act

  • Christian exclusivism has built barriers out of human differences and estranged the valuable public ties of mutual religious respect.

    Clergy Leadership Network

  • It is clear, however, that since this time Shuk-den played a central role for Pa-bong-ka, who continued to promote his practice to support Ge-luk exclusivism after his return to Central Tibet.

    The Shugden Affair: Origins of a Controversy (Part II)

  • Ge-luk exclusivism after his return to Central Tibet.

    The Shuk-den Affair: Origins of a Controversy (Part II)


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