Orientalism

Orientalism

[awr-ee-en-tl-iz-uhm, ohr-]
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:
1760–70; oriental + -ism

Orientalist, noun
anti-Orientalism, noun
anti-Orientalist, noun, adjective
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Orientalism (ˌɔːrɪˈɛntəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
1.  knowledge of or devotion to the Orient
2.  an Oriental quality, style, or trait
 
Ori'entalist
 
n
 
Oriental'istic
 
adj

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