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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1935, from centre + -ism (also see centrist).


n. Any moderate political philosophy that avoids extremes.


n. a political philosophy of avoiding the extremes of left and right by taking a moderate position or course of action [syn: moderatism]


In politics, centrism or the center is a political outlook or specific position that involves acceptance or support of a balance of a degree of social equality and a degree of social hierarchy; while opposing political changes which would result in a significant shift of society either strongly to the left or the right. Centre-left and centre-right politics both involve a general association with centrism combined while leaning somewhat to their respective sides of the spectrum.

Centrism (Italy)

The Centrism , is a coalition of four Italian political parties that formed governments throughout the 1940s and the late 1950s."I percorsi della storia", DeAgostini, Novara. This period is known as "The Years of Centrism" (Gli Anni del Centrismo''). The founder of this coalition was Alcide De Gasperi, Christian Democratic leader and Prime Minister of Italy. Another key figures of the Centrist coalition was the Liberal Luigi Einaudi, who was elected President of Italy in 1948 and remained in office until 1955.

Usage examples of "centrism".

It is the radical end to all egocentrism, all geocentrism, all biocentrism, all sociocentrism, all theocentrism, because it is the radical end of all centrisms, period.

Davis ran on a platform of centrism, claiming that he would not approve needle-exchange legislation because it would send the wrong message to our children.