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


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

Nearby words

exoterica, exothermic, exotic, exotic dancer, exotica, exoticism, exoticize, exotism, exotoxic, exotoxin, exotropia
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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

Word Origin and History for exotism



1827, from exotic + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper