[sin-uh-siz-uh m]


something characteristic of or peculiar to the Chinese; a Chinese method, custom, or usage.

Origin of Sinicism

1890–95; Sinic Chinese (< Medieval Latin Sīnicus < Medieval Greek Sīnikós, equivalent to Late Greek Sîn(ai) the Chinese + -ikos -ic) + -ism; see Sino- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sinicism



rare a Chinese custom or idiom

Word Origin for Sinicism

C19: from Medieval Latin Sinicus Chinese, from Late Latin Sīnae the Chinese, from Greek Sinai, from Arabic Sīn China
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Word Origin and History for sinicism



"Chinese ways, Chinese affectations," 1891; see Sino- + -ism. Related: Sinicize; Sinification.

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