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multiculturalism

[muhl-tee-kuhl-cher-uh-liz-uh m, muhl-tahy-]
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noun
  1. the state or condition of being multicultural.
  2. the preservation of different cultures or cultural identities within a unified society, as a state or nation.
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Origin of multiculturalism

First recorded in 1960–65; multicultural + -ism
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  • The identity urge expressed in the multiculturalism trend of our days will find in the past its most unreliable arguments.

  • Multiculturalism, criticism of tradition, and freedom from the pressure of competition are among the recommendations they make.


British Dictionary definitions for multiculturalism

multiculturalism

noun
  1. the state or condition of being multicultural
  2. the policy of maintaining a diversity of ethnic cultures within a community
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Derived Formsmulticulturalist, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for multiculturalism

n.

1965, from multicultural + -ism.

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multiculturalism in Culture

multiculturalism

The view that the various cultures in a society merit equal respect and scholarly interest. It became a significant force in American society in the 1970s and 1980s as African-Americans, Latinos, and other ethnic groups explored their own history.

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