Definition of ethnocentric in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌeTHnōˈsentrik/


Evaluating other peoples and cultures according to the standards of one’s own culture.
Example sentences
  • The first generation of western historians to address the western environment as an agent in shaping the region reflected the ethnocentric preconceptions of their time.
  • This manifests, in my opinion, a clear-cut case of cultural and ethnocentric chauvinism on the part of the European scholars.
  • Nor should this be seen purely as a matter of cultural imperialism or ethnocentric prejudice.



Pronunciation: /-(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • His conclusion is that English translations such as ‘Gentiles’ ‘pagans,’ or ‘heathens’ are ethnocentrically biased judgments about outsiders by modern Jewish or Christian monotheists.
  • When the world is getting more networked, the knee-jerk reaction seems to be an attempt to simplify and ethnocentrically modify an increasingly complex set of messages that come from all directions.
  • I realize that in an age of internationalism, I have set this argument out ethnocentrically.


Pronunciation: /-ˌsenˈtrisitē/
Example sentences
  • Few people would deny that individuals vary in their level of awareness of their own sexism (or racism, ethnocentricity, or even anthropocentricity).
  • How much more powerful is our ethnocentricity when we are faced with real individuals whose lifestyles, beliefs about disability, and child-rearing practices challenge our own deepest beliefs?
  • This is not a matter of shunning that which you hold sacred - it is simply about opening the doors of ethnocentricity to allow in others whose views might differ from your own.

Words that rhyme with ethnocentric

androcentric, centric, concentric, eccentric, egocentric, Eurocentric, geocentric, phallocentric, theocentric

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Syllabification: eth·no·cen·tric

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