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occidental Line breaks: oc¦ci|den¦tal
Pronunciation: /ɒksɪˈdɛnt(ə)l/

Definition of occidental in English:


Relating to the countries of the West: modern occidental society
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  • Enwezor's search for this inclusive discourse confronted the ethics and limits of occidental power, and its impact on contemporary discourses of globalization.
  • And yet, it is a two-way colonization, as the translation and dissemination of extreme cinema ‘colonizes’ the occidental market.
  • Mainstream occidental thought about peace has changed little during the past 2,000 years, apart from oriental elements during the Middle Ages.


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(Occidental) A native or inhabitant of the Occident: he was gently apologetic when confronted by an angry Occidental
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  • Many Occidentals have rejected their own religion.
  • Occidentals indisputably have had starring roles in many of our world's great debacles.
  • My understanding is that they ultimately all come from the same point be they Oriental, Occidental, African, or Native American tradition.


Pronunciation: /ˌɒksɪˈdɛnt(ə)lɪz(ə)m/
Example sentences
  • It's putting orientalism and occidentalism all together into one show in a really creative way.
  • The authors describe occidentalism as ‘the dehumanising picture of the West painted by its enemies’.
Pronunciation: /ˌɒksɪˈdɛnt(ə)lʌɪz/
(also occidentalise) verb
Example sentences
  • It has become a backbone of the worldwide occidentalized civilization.
  • He made the claim that Western civilization was superior to that of Islam and was ‘bound to occidentalize and conquer new people.’


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin occidentalis, from occident- 'going down' (see Occident).

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