Definition of mentality in English:


Line breaks: men¦tal|ity
Pronunciation: /mɛnˈtalɪti

noun (plural mentalities)

  • 1often • derogatory The characteristic way of thinking of a person or group: I had inherited not only my father’s blood but his bourgeois mentality as well
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    • In a subsequent class, a student asked if a shy person might maintain both guard and prisoner mentalities in a self-imposed psychological prison.
    • The news covers race motivated attacks and discrimination, and rightly so, but while that can, in theory, be punishable, small-town mentalities and home-grown attitudes cannot.
    • If you use taxis as often as I do, you'll know how drivers' attitudes and mentalities are a hazard to us and hardly ever to themselves.
    way of thinking, cast of mind, frame of mind, turn of mind, way someone's mind works, mind, mind set, psychology, mental attitude; outlook, personality, persona, psyche, disposition, make-up, temperament, temper


late 17th century (in the sense 'mental process'): from the adjective mental + -ity. Current senses date from the mid 19th century.

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