- to influence with ideas, customs, practices, etc., characteristic of the Occident or of the western U.S.
Also especially British, west·ern·ise.
Origin of westernize
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Examples from the Web for westernization
Dictators are merely misunderstood, and higher living standards are a symptom of pernicious influences like "westernization".The Lonely Planet Guide to Dictators and Despots
August 15, 2012
Westernization is the dominant factor in the significant growth of death-wish believers among Muslim women.The Next Wave of Jihadists
Reuel Marc Gerecht
March 11, 2010
Of course it is in externals that Westernization is most pronounced.
The good and the evil of Westernization are alike mostly clearly evident among the ranks of the educated élites.
Once in control of an Oriental country, the European rulers were bound to favour its Westernization for a variety of reasons.
Westernization hurts too many cherished prejudices and vested interests not to arouse chronic resistance.
China remembered the processes of westernization which she had had to answer with the Boxer Uprising in 1900.The Pacific Triangle
- (tr) to influence or make familiar with the customs, practices, etc, of the West
Word Origin and History for westernization
1873, noun of action from westernize (see west). Earliest reference is to Japan.
[The mikado's] late rapid and radical progress in westernization (to evolve a word that the Japanese will need) justifies great expectations of him. [Coates Kinney, "Japanning the English Language," "The Galaxy," July-Dec. 1873]
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