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multiculturalism

[muhl-tee-kuhl-cher-uh-liz-uh m, muhl-tahy-] /ˌmʌl tiˈkʌl tʃər əˌlɪz əm, ˌmʌl taɪ-/
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.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; multicultural + -ism
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multiculturalism

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

1965, from multicultural + -ism.

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multiculturalism in Culture

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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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