Definition of exoticize in English:


Line breaks: exoti|cize
Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzɒtɪsʌɪz
, ɛɡˈzɒtɪsʌɪz
(also exoticise)


[with object]
Portray (someone or something unfamiliar) as exotic or unusual; romanticize or glamorize: importantly, the film doesn’t exoticize the East (as adjective exoticized) when class is addressed in the art world, it is often in the context of exoticized poverty
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  • Reviewers of his novels in India have long complained that his exoticised India-English dialogues glamorise the harsh realities of life in the former British colony.
  • Much of that material romanticizes and exoticizes the real pain of social marginalization.
  • She criticises the way in which minorities are exoticised by the dominant culture.


1960s: from exotic + -ize.



More example sentences
  • To reject the exoticization of Africa is to reject a whole world view carefully and painstakingly fabricated over centuries.
  • The exoticization of the Orient was part of the discourse of orientalism governing European perspectives toward the East.
  • The movie's relentless, transparent exoticization of its subject matter seems disingenuous from the first frame.

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