Deism vs Meism - What's the difference?

deism | meism |

As nouns the difference between deism and meism

is that deism is a philosophical belief in the existence of a god (or goddess) knowable through human reason; especially, a belief in a creator god unaccompanied by any belief in supernatural phenomena or specific religious doctrines while meism is (colloquial) egotism; a focus on, or obsession with, oneself.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • The religious philosophy and movement that became prominent in England, France, and the United States in the 17th and 18th centuries that rejects supernatural events (prophecy, miracles) and divine revelation prominent in organized religion, along with holy books and revealed religions that assert the existence of such things.
  • Usage notes

    Reference to the 17th and 18th century movement is more frequently capitalized, while reference to the general philosophy or belief is more frequently not capitalized.


    * (deism)




  • (colloquial) Egotism; a focus on, or obsession with, oneself.
  • *2011 , Konrad McKane, Alkaya: The Legend of Empyro , p. 14:
  • They teach that everyone is a separate entity, and you should look out for number one, creating a selfish meism society.
  • *2005 , Christopher McEnroe, It's Only the Enemy Screaming , p. 119:
  • The new hippies, most of them, were just people who didn't buy into the rampant meism we were fed as children and teenagers.
  • *2001 , Beverly Potter, Jeffrey Mishlove, Matt Gouig, The Way of the Ronin: Riding the Waves of Change , p. 174:
  • The need to be a good team member and the propensiry toward individualism make the corporation an excellent opportunity for ronin to wrestle with the shadows of meism , opportunism, and glibness.