Definition of enculturation in English:

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Pronunciation: /enˌkəlCHəˈrāSHən/
(also inculturation)


1The gradual acquisition of the characteristics and norms of a culture or group by a person, another culture, etc.
Example sentences
  • They define themselves through the processes of socialization and enculturation characteristics of their disciplinary areas.
  • Another important point is the enculturation (a slow absorption of norms and cultural practices) of newcomers.
  • It might be innate and modularised, learned individually, or acquired through a process of enculturation.
1.1The adaptation of Christian liturgy to a non-Christian cultural background.
Example sentences
  • I don't know if the Pope would approve of the slaughter of the cow, although it might be covered under the rubric of ‘the enculturation of the gospel.’
  • Allen is worried by the alien character of much in the young churches and is concerned that real enculturation has yet to take place.
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