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exoticism

[ ig-zot-uh-siz-uhm ]
/ ɪgˈzɒt əˌsɪz əm /
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noun

tendency to adopt what is exotic.
exotic quality or character.
anything exotic, as a foreign word or idiom.

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Also ex·o·tism [eg-zuh-tiz-uhm, ek-suh-]. /ˈɛg zəˌtɪz əm, ˈɛk sə-/.

Origin of exoticism

First recorded in 1820–30; exotic + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM exoticism

ex·ot·i·cist, noun
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