ac·​com·​mo·​da·​tion·​ist | \ ə-ˌkä-mə-ˈdā-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce accommodationist (audio) \

Definition of accommodationist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: favoring or practicing accommodation or compromise



Definition of accommodationist (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who adapts to or compromises with an opposing view especially : a black person who adapts to the ideals or attitudes of white people

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accommodationism \ -​ni-​zəm How to pronounce accommodationism (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In Washington, Feehery has become the face of the Republican establishment’s accommodationist wing, whose general posture is to shrug at Trumpian anarchy and to view the press, Democrats, and anti-Trump conservatives as alarmist. Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker, "Why Trump Needs an Enemy," 17 Feb. 2017 Nashville is home to deeply ambitious country music centrists, accommodationist lifers, would-be outlaws, actual outlaws, and also to Mr. Simpson, who, despite some shared DNA here and there, is not any of those things. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "with the headline: A Genuine Alternative to Alt Country.," 31 Mar. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To Douthat Francis is an accommodationist, and decline has reached the apex of the church. Paul Elie, New York Times, "A Conservative Catholic Begs the Pope: Lead Us Not Into Temptation," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of accommodationist


1858, in the meaning defined above


1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accommodationist


accommodation + -ist entry 2


accommodation + -ist entry 1

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The first known use of accommodationist was in 1858

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an act or instance of returning to life

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