[awr-ee-en-tl-iz-uh m, ohr-]
noun (often lowercase)
a peculiarity or idiosyncrasy of the peoples of Asia, especially the East.
the character or characteristics of the peoples of Asia, especially the East.
the knowledge and study of Asian, especially Eastern languages, literature, etc.
Origin of Orientalism
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knowledge of or devotion to the Orient
an Oriental quality, style, or trait
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