Definitions for "Social Darwinism"
A group of ideas first expressed by Herbert Spencer as an interpretation of Charles Darwin's writings on evolution. Spencer applied Darwin's theory of natural selection to human beings and supported the premise that disadvantaged people who are unfit for society should not be helped.
An attempt to adapt Charles Darwin natural selection principles to human society, thus producing a culture that embraces the " survival of the fittest." This is based on a misunderstanding of Darwin's theories. Natural selection, when applied to a society, also includes such factors as organizational ability, talent to inspire others, creativity, perseverance, mental flexibility, etc., in addition to physical fitness.
The Nazi adaptation of Charles Darwin's "survival of the fittest" concept of evolution - in which the belief that "superior humans" will eventually overcome "subhuman" species.