Definition of mentality in English:

mentality

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

Origin

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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