exoticism

[ ig-zot-uh-siz-uh m ]
/ ɪgˈzɒt əˌsɪz əm /

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-uh m, 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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Example sentences from the Web for exotism

  • An atmosphere of exotism, of irregular existence, of protest against conventional custom, seemed to surround this vagabond family.

    The Dead Command|Vicente Blasco Ibez