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Briticism

[ brit-uh-siz-uhm ]
/ ˈbrɪt əˌsɪz əm /
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noun

a word, idiom, or phrase characteristic of or restricted to British English, especially as compared with American English, as lift compared with elevator or in hospital with in the hospital.

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Also Britishism.

Origin of Briticism

1865–70, Americanism;British + -ism, with -ic for -ish on the model of Gallicism, etc.
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How to use Briticism in a sentence

  • To use a Briticism, it was “cruel”; the corresponding Americanism was more appropriate—it was “fierce.”

  • This phrase, of course, is a Briticism, and seldom used in America.

    The American Language|Henry L. Mencken
  • In the one case the Briticism is the shorter, and in the other the Americanism.

  • Sometimes the difference between the Americanism and Briticism is very slight.

British Dictionary definitions for Briticism

Briticism
/ (ˈbrɪtɪˌsɪzəm) /

noun

a custom, linguistic usage, or other feature peculiar to Britain or its people
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