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Orientalism

[awr-ee-en-tl-iz-uh m, ohr-] /ˌɔr iˈɛn tlˌɪz əm, ˌoʊr-/
noun, (often lowercase)
1.
a peculiarity or idiosyncrasy of the Oriental peoples.
2.
the character or characteristics of the Oriental peoples.
3.
the knowledge and study of Oriental languages, literature, etc.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; oriental + -ism
Related forms
Orientalist, noun
anti-Orientalism, noun
anti-Orientalist, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Orientalism

Orientalism

/ˌɔːrɪˈɛntəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
knowledge of or devotion to the Orient
2.
an Oriental quality, style, or trait
Derived Forms
Orientalist, noun
Orientalistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for Orientalism
n.

in reference to character, style, trait, or idiom felt to be from the Orient, 1769, from oriental + -ism. Related: Orientalist.

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