EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Sociology the belief in the inherent superiority of one's own ethnic group or culture. a tendency to view alien groups or cultures from the perspective of one's own. Related forms eth·no·cen·tric, adjective eth·no·cen·tri·cal·ly, adverb eth·no·cen·tric·i·ty , [eth-noh-sen- tris-i-tee] /ˌɛθ noʊ sɛnˈtrɪs ɪ ti/ noun
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Examples from the Web for ethnocentric Historical Examples of ethnocentric British Dictionary definitions for ethnocentric noun belief in the intrinsic superiority of the nation, culture, or group to which one belongs, often accompanied by feelings of dislike for other groups Derived Forms ethnocentric, adjective ethnocentrically, adverb ethnocentricity, noun
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Word Origin and History for ethnocentric adj.
ethno- + -centric; a technical term in social sciences until it began to be more widely used in the second half of the 20th century. Related: Ethnocentricity; ethnocentrism.
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ethnocentrism [ĕth′nō-sĕn ′trĭz′əm] n. The tendency to evaluate other groups according to the values and standards of one's own ethnic group, especially with the conviction that one's own ethnic group is superior to the other groups. Related forms eth′no•cen ( ′tric -trĭk) adj. eth′no•cen•tric ( ′i•ty -sĕn-trĭs) ′ĭ-tē n.
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ethnocentrism [(eth-noh- sen-triz-uhm)]
The belief that one's own
culture is superior to all others and is the standard by which all other cultures should be measured. Note
Early social scientists in the nineteenth century operated from an ethnocentric point of view. So-called primitive tribes, for example, were studied by anthropologists to illustrate how human civilization had progressed from “savage” customs toward the accomplishments of Western industrial society.
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