Simple Definition of ethnocentric
: having or based on the idea that your own group or culture is better or more important than others
Examples of ethnocentric in a sentence
The review was criticized for its ethnocentric bias.
Did You Know?
The Greek word ethnos means "nation" or "people". So ethnocentricity shows itself in a lack of respect for other ways of life, and an ethnocentric person feels that his or her own nation or group is the cultural center of the world. Ethnocentric describes the kind of person who behaves badly when traveling in foreign countries, often called an "Ugly American" (from a book and movie of the same name). Whenever you hear someone making fun of the way a foreigner speaks English, just remember that it's the foreigner, not the person laughing at him, who actually can speak a foreign language.
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