Definition of "relativism" [relativism]

  • Philosophy A theory, especially in ethics or aesthetics, that conceptions of truth and moral values are not absolute but are relative to the persons or groups holding them. (noun)

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Use "relativism" in a sentence
  • "Diversity rooted in relativism is the faith of our age, and it is not difficult to catch the spirit."
  • "We cannot say that relativism is true, because to assert that something “is true” is to assert that there is a standard of truth that is factually the case regardless of which set (s) of conventions we use to describe it."
  • "Once again, your moral relativism is predictable and pathetic."