Indianism

noun

In·​di·​an·​ism ˈin-dē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Indianism (audio)
1
: the qualities or culture distinctive of American Indians
2
: policy designed to further the interests or culture of American Indians
Indianist adjective or noun

Examples of Indianism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The work of unwinding the violent anti-Indigenous attitudes embedded in America’s education systems will remain, as will the need to correct the erasure and pan-Indianism encouraged by these mascots and other popular culture vehicles. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 14 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Indianism was in 1651

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“Indianism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Indianism. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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