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Orientalism

[ awr-ee-en-tl-iz-uhm, ohr- ]
/ ˌɔr iˈɛn tlˌɪz əm, ˌoʊr- /
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noun (often lowercase)
a peculiarity or idiosyncrasy of the peoples of Asia, especially the East.
the character or characteristics of the peoples of Asia, especially the East.
the knowledge and study of Asian, especially Eastern languages, literature, etc.
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Origin of Orientalism

First recorded in 1760–70; oriental + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM Orientalism

O·ri·en·tal·ist, nounan·ti-O·ri·en·tal·ism, nounan·ti-O·ri·en·tal·ist, noun, adjective
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How to use Orientalism in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Orientalism

Orientalism
/ (ˌɔːrɪˈɛntəˌlɪzəm) /

noun
knowledge of or devotion to the Orient
an Oriental quality, style, or trait

Derived forms of Orientalism

Orientalist, nounOrientalistic, adjective
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