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[eth-noh-sen-triz-uh m] /ˌɛθ noʊˈsɛn trɪz əm/
Sociology. the belief in the inherent superiority of one's own ethnic group or culture.
a tendency to view alien groups or cultures from the perspective of one's own.
Origin of ethnocentrism
First recorded in 1905-10; ethno- + cent(e)r + -ism
Related forms
ethnocentric, adjective
ethnocentrically, adverb
[eth-noh-sen-tris-i-tee] /ˌɛθ noʊ sɛnˈtrɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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belief in the intrinsic superiority of the nation, culture, or group to which one belongs, often accompanied by feelings of dislike for other groups
Derived Forms
ethnocentric, adjective
ethnocentrically, adverb
ethnocentricity, noun
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Word Origin and History for ethnocentric

1900, from ethno- + -centric; a technical term in social sciences until it began to be more widely used in the second half of the 20th century. Related: Ethnocentricity; ethnocentrism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ethnocentric in Medicine

ethnocentrism eth·no·cen·trism (ěth'nō-sěn'trĭz'əm)
The tendency to evaluate other groups according to the values and standards of one's own ethnic group, especially with the conviction that one's own ethnic group is superior to the other groups.

eth'no·cen'tric (-trĭk) adj.
eth'no·cen·tric'i·ty (-sěn-trĭs'ĭ-tē) n.
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ethnocentric in Culture
ethnocentrism [(eth-noh-sen-triz-uhm)]

The belief that one's own culture is superior to all others and is the standard by which all other cultures should be measured.

Note: Early social scientists in the nineteenth century operated from an ethnocentric point of view. So-called primitive tribes, for example, were studied by anthropologists to illustrate how human civilization had progressed from “savage” customs toward the accomplishments of Western industrial society.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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