Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: Fundamentalist



From fundamental +‎ -ist, after a book series called “The Fundamentals: A Testimony to the Truth“ (1910)[1].


fundamentalist (plural fundamentalists)

  1. One who reduces religion to strict interpretation of core or original texts.
    Synonym: takfiri (Islam)
  2. (finance) A trader who trades on the financial fundamentals of the companies involved, as opposed to a chartist or technician.
    Antonyms: chartist, technician
  3. (Christianity) Originally referred to an adherent of an American Christian movement that began as a response to the rejection of the accuracy of the Bible, the alleged deity of Christ, Christ's atonement for humanity, the virgin birth, and miracles.
  4. (derogatory) A fundamentalist Christian.
    Synonym: fundie

Usage notes[edit]

The Associated Press' AP Stylebook recommends that the term fundamentalist not be used for any group that does not apply the term to itself.[2]

Related terms[edit]


Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ The Fundamentals: A Testimony to the Truth[1], Chicago: Testimony Pub. Co., 1910-1915
  2. ^ AP Editors (2014) The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, Basic Books:
    The word gained usage in an early-20th-century fundamentalist-modernist controversy within Protestantism. In recent years, however, fundamentalist has to a large extent taken on pejorative connotations except when applied to groups that stress strict, literal interpretations of Scripture and separation from other Christians. In general, do not use fundamentalist unless a group applies the word to itself.

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]



fundamentalist m (definite singular fundamentalisten, indefinite plural fundamentalistar, definite plural fundamentalistane)

  1. fundamentalist (one who reduces religion to strict interpretation of core or original texts)

Related terms[edit]