What does dualism mean?

Definitions for dualismˈdu əˌlɪz əm, ˈdyu-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dualism(noun)

    the doctrine that reality consists of two basic opposing elements, often taken to be mind and matter (or mind and body), or good and evil


  1. dualism(Noun)

    Duality; the condition of being double.

  2. dualism(Noun)

    The view that the world consists of, or is explicable in terms of, two fundamental principles, such as mind and matter or good and evil.

  3. dualism(Noun)

    The belief that the world is ruled by a pair of antagonistic forces, such as good and evil; the belief that man has two basic natures, the physical and the spiritual.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dualism(noun)

    state of being dual or twofold; a twofold division; any system which is founded on a double principle, or a twofold distinction

  2. Dualism(noun)

    a view of man as constituted of two original and independent elements, as matter and spirit

  3. Dualism(noun)

    a system which accepts two gods, or two original principles, one good and the other evil

  4. Dualism(noun)

    the doctrine that all mankind are divided by the arbitrary decree of God, and in his eternal foreknowledge, into two classes, the elect and the reprobate

  5. Dualism(noun)

    the theory that each cerebral hemisphere acts independently of the other

  6. Origin: [Cf. F. dualisme.]


  1. Dualism

    Dualism denotes a state of two parts. The term 'dualism' was originally coined to denote co-eternal binary opposition, a meaning that is preserved in metaphysical and philosophical duality discourse but has been diluted in general or common usages. Dualism can refer to moral dualism, mind-body or mind-matter dualism or physical dualism. Dualism holds to the belief that there are two elements of existence: Physical and Spiritual.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Dualism

    or Manichæism, the doctrine that there are two opposite and independently existing principles which go to constitute every concrete thing throughout the universe, such as a principle of good and a principle of evil, light and darkness, life and death, spirit and matter, ideal and real, yea and nay, God and Devil, Christ and Antichrist, Ormuzd and Ahriman.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dualism in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dualism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George Santayana:

    I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads.

  2. Margaret Fuller:

    Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.

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