Definition of mentality in English:

mentality

Syllabification: men·tal·i·ty
Pronunciation: /menˈtalitē
 
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noun (plural mentalities)

  • 1often • derogatory The characteristic attitude of mind or way of thinking of a person or group: the yuppie mentality of the eighties
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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, mind set, cast of mind, frame of mind, turn of mind, mind, psychology, mental attitude, outlook, disposition, makeup
  • 2The capacity for intelligent thought.
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    • Logic and illusion become confused and you find it hard to express your highly developed and sensitive mentality.
    • This criterion is attractive even insofar as human mentality is concerned.
    • For a new life to begin mentality must join with this special matter and thus the round of birth and death continues.
    Synonyms
    intellect, intellectual capabilities, intelligence, IQ, (powers of) reasoning, rationality
    informal brains, smarts

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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