Darwinism



the Darwinian theory that species originate by descent, with variation, from parent forms, through the natural selection of those individuals best adapted for the reproductive success of their kind.
Contemporary Examples

He is a not just a grinning creationist, he is also willing to disdain Darwinism with a sinister pugnacity.
Mike Huckabee’s End Times John Batchelor December 4, 2009

A prediction for the date of the president’s ouster, a lawsuit against Darwinism and other terrific ideas from America’s fringe.
Fringe Factor: Halt Teen Pregnancy Without Birth Control Caitlin Dickson September 28, 2013

Historical Examples

At a time when Darwinism was bringing a sword into the intellectual world, he lived apparently uninterested and untouched by it.
The Life of Mazzini Bolton King

What if the orbit of Darwinism should be a little too circular?
The Origin of Species Thomas H. Huxley

We have some hesitation in including the name of this distinguished naturalist among the advocates of Darwinism.
What is Darwinism? Charles Hodge

This isolation of the systematists is the one most melancholy sequela of Darwinism.
Evolution in Modern Thought Ernst Haeckel

I am of opinion that it can be no longer a matter of doubt to any one, that the position of Darwinism is hopeless.
At the Deathbed of Darwinism Eberhard Dennert

Small wonder, then, that Huxley became a champion of Darwinism.
The Making of Species Douglas Dewar

Professor Huxley explained the rapid success of Darwinism by saying that the scientific world was ready for it.
A Grammar of Freethought Chapman Cohen

We now may sum up our discussion of the first half of Darwinism.
The Science and Philosophy of the Organism Hans Driesch

noun
the theory of the origin of animal and plant species by evolution through a process of natural selection Compare Lamarckism See also Neo-Darwinism
n.

1864, from Charles Darwin (1809-1882), whose major works were “The Origin of Species” (1859) and “The Descent of Man” (1871), + -ism.

Darwinism Dar·win·ism (där’wĭ-nĭz’əm)
n.
A theory of biological evolution developed by Charles Darwin and others, stating that all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increase the individual’s ability to compete, survive, and reproduce.
Darwinism
(där’wĭ-nĭz’əm)
A theory of biological evolution developed by Charles Darwin and others, stating that all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increase the individual’s ability to compete, survive, and reproduce. Darwin’s ideas have been refined and modified by subsequent researchers, but his theories still form the foundation of the scientific understanding of the evolution of life. Darwinism is often contrasted with another theory of biological evolution called Lamarckism, based on the now-discredited ideas of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. See Note at evolution.

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