[ uh-sim-uh-ley-shuh-niz-uh m ]
/ əˌsɪm əˈleɪ ʃəˌnɪz əm /


the practice or policy of assimilating or encouraging the assimilation of people from all ethnic groups and cultures of origin: In the 1900s, some immigrants at first resisted the assimilationism of the New World.

Nearby words

  1. assignment,
  2. assignor,
  3. assimilable,
  4. assimilate,
  5. assimilation,
  6. assimilationist,
  7. assimilative,
  8. assiniboin,
  9. assiniboine,
  10. assiniboine, mount

Origin of assimilationism

First recorded in 1950–55; assimilation + -ism

Related formsas·sim·i·la·tion·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for assimilationist



"one who advocates racial or ethnic integration," 1900, in reference to possible U.S. attitudes toward Hawaii and possessions obtained in the war against Spain; usually with reference to Jews in European nations; see assimilation + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper