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Fundie or fundy (plural fundies) is a pejorative slang abbreviation used to refer to religious fundamentalists of any religion or denomination, although it is primarily directed towards fundamentalist Christians.[1] The term is used most commonly by those opposed to the Christian right movement. The term is often associated with religiously motivated conservative moral beliefs, especially those regarding social issues.

In etymological terms, "fundie" is an example of a mutated contraction resulting from relaxed pronunciation, where the original word (in this case fundamentalist) is shortened and slightly altered. "Fundie" is a diminutive made by changing to -ie ending, like in hypocorism (diminutives of given names) and many diminutives in Australian English.

There is no recorded first use of the term, though its appearance in the American English vocabulary coincided with the rise of Christian Right politics in the 1970s. An early use of the term "fundie" was Isaac Asimov's short story "Evidence", first published in book form in the collection, I, Robot, published in 1950.[2]

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  1. ^ Shuy, Roger W. (2009). The Language of Defamation Cases. Oxford University Press. p. 81. 
  2. ^ Asimov, Isaac (1991) [First published 1950]. I, Robot. New York: Random House. p. 192. ISBN 978-0-553-29438-5.