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A theory of biological evolution developed by Charles Darwin and others, stating that all species of organisms have developed from other species, primarily through natural selection. Also called Darwinian theory.

Dar′win·ist n.
Dar′win·is′tic adj.
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A. ADJdarwinista
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Sharp's intellectually rigorous and historically exhaustive Darwinian Feminism and Early Science Fiction: Angels, Amazons, and Women explores women's active repurposing of Victorian evolutionary science and how late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century feminist exigencies became entwined, in oft-times contradictory yet provocative ways, with Darwinist conceptions of human and technological progress.
But that changed in a series of cultural tidal waves -- the Darwinist account of human origins, the application of higher criticism to the text of the Bible, the sexual revolution -- which swept away old certainties.
Although many ignorantly bleat that religion is the chief cause of most war, the actual number of people slaughtered by history's religio-political, scripture-twisting hypocrites does not even come close to the colossal numbers killed by atheistic, Darwinist despots.
Another was King of Birds, a mystical meditation on a Darwinist scrap to be top bird.
"There is only one world," he confidently proclaims, "and it is the secular world revealed by science." By contrast, "An Evangelical Christian has a very different understanding of the social world--its real, underlying features--than does a secular Darwinist philosopher.
Virginia Woolf and the Power of Story: A Literary Darwinist Reading of Six Novels
In contrast to previous interpretations of the PPIE as a unified expression of American imperial ambitions and social Darwinist assumptions about progress, race, and gender, Abigail Markwyn offers a case study of local and regional constituencies--the PPIE Woman's Board, the Hawaiian delegation, working-class San Franciscans, labor unions, and Asian Americans, among others--to demonstrate that the fair's official narrative about race, gender, and politics contained contradictions.
Nevertheless, with his sexual lovers before marriage being all males including one same-sexual marriage, for about twenty years, it is a marvel how he quickly adjusts sexually to Darwinist marriage and suppresses his homosexual desire for another five years after this marriage.
Both Efuru's and the southern Nigerian lady's abilities to bear children are greatly stunted, the first by her body nature, the second by a medical condition, with the former reacting in a Darwinist fashion to her situation.
The work depicts New York City as "the Darwinist capital of the capitalist word" and U.S.
The first is when it underestimates the influence of Charles Darwin on Ely's thought, claiming that Ely was neither a determinist nor a social Darwinist. Darwin loomed large over almost all Progressive thinkers of the late 19th century, both religious and secular, and Ely was no exception.