amal·​gam·​ation | \ ə-ˌmal-gə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce amalgamation (audio) \

Definition of amalgamation

1a : the action or process of uniting or merging two or more things : the action or process of amalgamating an opportunity for the amalgamation of the two companies
b : the state of being amalgamated
2 : the result of amalgamating : amalgam Opera is an amalgamation of singing, acting, and stagecraft.
3 : merger

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What is the difference between acculturation, assimilation, and amalgamation?

Acculturation is one of several forms of culture contact, and has a couple of closely related terms, including assimilation and amalgamation. Although all three of these words refer to changes due to contact between different cultures, there are notable differences between them. Acculturation is often tied to political conquest or expansion, and is applied to the process of change in beliefs or traditional practices that occurs when the cultural system of one group displaces that of another. Assimilation refers to the process through which individuals and groups of differing heritages acquire the basic habits, attitudes, and mode of life of an embracing culture. Amalgamation refers to a blending of cultures, rather than one group eliminating another (acculturation) or one group mixing itself into another (assimilation).

Examples of amalgamation in a Sentence

an amalgamation of peat moss and vermiculite is a good medium for starting vegetable seedlings
Recent Examples on the Web One, nicknamed Black Beauty for its dark color, is an amalgamation of many crustal rocks, some dating back to 4.4 billion years ago (Mars is about 4.6 billion years old). Popular Science, "Mars might be made of mashed-up baby planets," 2 Apr. 2020 Florida is a political amalgamation of several regions of the country. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "Can Democrats Win Back Florida?," 16 Mar. 2020 There are two prevailing theories about how our solar system might have formed: either in a violent amalgamation of dust and rock, or a much gentler meeting of clouds of gas and dust. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "New Secrets from the Most Distant Object We've Ever Visited," 17 Feb. 2020 In the precocious voice of little Scout, Lee captures the weird amalgamation of our persistent innocence and profound wisdom. Washington Post, "New York Public Library’s most checked-out books say a lot about what we read and why," 13 Jan. 2020 That’s what matters -- the amalgamation of our memories and experiences. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Harry Hains, Australian Actor, Model & Musician, Dies at 27," 9 Jan. 2020 Last September, the government had approved the amalgamation of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank, and Vijaya Bank, effective from Apr. 1 this year. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "Through mega mergers India’s Modi government is creating fewer, stronger banks," 30 Aug. 2019 New Woodlands program The Woodlands High School final team is an amalgamation of five different teams that started at the beginning of the school year. Jamie Swinnerton, Houston Chronicle, "Conroe ISD robotics teams heading to state finals competition," 6 Mar. 2020 But the pepperoni transforms it: thick slices of meat sourced from local Tempesta Market that are more than the standard amalgamation of smokiness and salt: these are savory, chewy and lightly spicy. Josh Noel,, "With beer, pizza and pastiche, Middle Brow brewery makes Bungalow brewpub feel like home," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of amalgamation

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for amalgamation

see amalgam

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Cite this Entry

“Amalgamation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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