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westernism

[wes-ter-niz-uh m] /ˈwɛs tərˌnɪz əm/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
1.
a word, idiom, or practice characteristic of people of the Occident or of the western U.S.
Origin of westernism
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; western + -ism
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  • In their reactions to westernism they are sharply differentiated.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • The impact of westernism upon the Orient is too ubiquitous to be confined to books.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • The full impact of westernism upon the Orient as a whole dates only from about the middle of the nineteenth century.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • This is nearly fifty years ago; and westernism was not quite extinct.

  • But even in regions where European control is still nominal, the permeation of westernism has gone on apace.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • In the intellectual and spiritual fields, likewise, the leaven of westernism is clearly apparent.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • These politico-religious movements, however, by no means exhaust the list of Oriental reactions to westernism.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • Others break with their traditional pasts, steep themselves in westernism, and become more or less genuinely Westernized.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • Once on the west bank of the Mississippi, to use a westernism, "he was on his own stamping ground."

  • I know that she's impulsive, and she's free in her manners with strangers; but I suppose that's her westernism.

    Dr. Breen's Practice William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for westernism

westernism

/ˈwɛstəˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
a word, habit, practice, etc, characteristic of western people or of the American West
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