- the condition of being exceptional; uniqueness.
- the study of the unique and exceptional.
- a theory that a nation, region, or political system is exceptional and does not conform to the norm.
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Examples from the Web for exceptionalism
The first is the shared history of the Americas, too often eclipsed by the story of U.S. “exceptionalism.”Keep the Holiday, Lose Columbus
October 13, 2014
Niebuhr “played by the rules” by affirming American exceptionalism, and writing about American innocence.Noam Chomsky—Infuriating and Necessary
September 28, 2014
The SBOE wants Texas students to learn about “American exceptionalism.”In Texas Textbooks, Moses Is a Founding Father
September 22, 2014
But American exceptionalism has merely delayed secularization, not halted it.Did the Southern Baptist ‘Conservative Resurgence’ Fail?
June 1, 2014
But the Mandela legacy has also given South Africa a distorted sense of exceptionalism.Mandela: The Last Good Man
December 5, 2013
- an attitude to other countries, cultures, etc based on the idea of being quite distinct from, and often superior to, them in vital ways
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