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[ig-zot-uh-siz-uh m]
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  1. tendency to adopt what is exotic.
  2. exotic quality or character.
  3. anything exotic, as a foreign word or idiom.
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Also ex·o·tism [eg-zuh-tiz-uh m, ek-suh-] /ˈɛg zəˌtɪz əm, ˈɛk sə-/.

Origin of exoticism

First recorded in 1820–30; exotic + -ism
Related formsex·ot·i·cist, noun
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Related Words for exoticism

newness, weirdness, abnormality, oddity, novelty, eccentricity, exoticism, unconventionality, foreignness, marvel, nonesuch, bygone, prodigy, trinket, rarity, monstrosity, freak, knickknack, curio, anomaly

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Word Origin and History for exoticism


1827, from exotic + -ism.

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