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exoticism

[ig-zot-uh-siz-uh m] /ɪgˈzɒt əˌsɪz əm/
noun
1.
tendency to adopt what is exotic.
2.
exotic quality or character.
3.
anything exotic, as a foreign word or idiom.
Also, exotism
[eg-zuh-tiz-uh m, ek-suh-] /ˈɛg zəˌtɪz əm, ˈɛk sə-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of exoticism
1820-1830
First recorded in 1820-30; exotic + -ism
Related forms
exoticist, noun
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Word Origin and History for exoticism
n.

1827, from exotic + -ism.

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