[ig-zot-uh-siz-uh m]


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

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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Examples from the Web for exotism

Historical Examples of 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

Word Origin and History for exotism



1827, from exotic + -ism.

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