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westernism

[wes-ter-niz-uh m]
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noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. a word, idiom, or practice characteristic of people of the Occident or of the western U.S.

Origin of westernism

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; western + -ism
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Examples from the Web for westernism

Historical Examples

  • The impact of Westernism upon the Orient is too ubiquitous to be confined to books.

    The New World of Islam

    Lothrop Stoddard

  • In their reactions to Westernism they are sharply differentiated.

    The New World of Islam

    Lothrop Stoddard

  • This is nearly fifty years ago; and Westernism was not quite extinct.

  • The full impact of Westernism upon the Orient as a whole dates only from about the middle of the nineteenth century.

    The New World of Islam

    Lothrop Stoddard

  • But even in regions where European control is still nominal, the permeation of Westernism has gone on apace.

    The New World of Islam

    Lothrop Stoddard


British Dictionary definitions for westernism

westernism

noun
  1. a word, habit, practice, etc, characteristic of western people or of the American West
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