Published: 1st September 2021
Citation: Astronist Institution. (2021). Extraterrestrialism. Available: https://www.astronism.com/astronary/astroeschatology/extraterrestrialism. Last accessed [enter date e.g. 1st Sept 2021].
a general belief in the existence of extraterrestrial life in The Cosmos without specification as to what type of life this may be or the abundance of such life.
DERIVATIVES AND ALTERNATIVE PHRASES
Extraterrestrialist | ˌ ɛkstrətəˈ rɛstrɪəlɪst | adjective & noun
Extraterrestrialistic | ˌ ɛkstrətəˈ rɛstrɪəlɪstɪk | adjective
ORIGINS AND ETYMOLOGY
Astro-English: from Astronese, the word extraterrestrial is used in this context for its primary sense as a noun to denote “a hypothetical being from outer space” which, when conjoined to the suffix -ism which denotes “a formalised belief”, comes to establish the general affirmation “that life beyond Earth exists” without making a specification as to the sentience or sapience of such life.
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