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orientalism Line breaks: orien¦tal|ism
Pronunciation: /ɔːrɪˈɛnt(ə)lɪzm/

Definition of orientalism in English:


[mass noun]
1Style, artefacts, or traits considered characteristic of the peoples and cultures of Asia.
Example sentences
  • In the skilled hands of Dacic and Gekic, the mesmeric sound of the music's Orientalism was born anew.
  • Sellers, as always, makes elegant play with the character's improbable Orientalisms.
1.1The representation of Asia in a stereotyped way that is regarded as embodying a colonialist attitude.
Example sentences
  • Hollywood's vision of the middle east hasn't got much beyond Victorian orientalism, either.
  • The European position bore all the earmarks of what Edward Said has called orientalism.
  • The nineteenth-century preoccupation with orientalism provided a strong design influence well into the twentieth century.


Pronunciation: /ɔːrɪˈɛnt(ə)lɪst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • You are a friend, I cannot simply release you without hard proof of your innocence, not in dangerous times like this. you are a great Orientalist.
  • That is often why the prejudices and aberrations of one generation of Orientalists were exposed and rejected by the next.
  • He is one of the few Orientalists whose writings demonstrate a deep understanding of the Arab mind and how it works.
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