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ethnocentric

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adjective eth·no·cen·tric \ˌeth-nō-ˈsen-trik\

Simple Definition of ethnocentric

  • : having or based on the idea that your own group or culture is better or more important than others

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ethnocentric

  1. :  characterized by or based on the attitude that one's own group is superior

ethnocentricity

play \-sen-ˈtri-sə-tē\ noun

ethnocentrism

play \-ˈsen-ˌtri-zəm\ noun

Examples of ethnocentric in a sentence

  1. 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.

1900

First Known Use of ethnocentric

1900


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