amal·​gam·​ation | \ ə-ˌmal-gə-ˈmā-shən \

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

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And so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so so amazing. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Priyanka Chopra's Wedding Dresses," 4 Dec. 2018 And so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so so Amazing. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "See the Gorgeous Pics From Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Pre-Wedding Mehendi Ceremony," 1 Dec. 2018 And so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so so amazing. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Married and They're Sharing Pictures from Their Wedding Weekend," 1 Dec. 2018 Divorce, however, is an amalgamation of feeling: elation, betrayal, depression, numbness, fury—the list goes on and on. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Madonna Released the Ultimate Divorce Album 6 Years Ago—You Just Didn't Listen," 30 Nov. 2018 As the episode ends, the tight family of law officers who constitute the Oxford City Police are on the verge of disappearing, via amalgamation, into a larger unit. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Endeavour’ Review: Hope Meets Uncertainty," 26 July 2018 Rustic decor in and of itself tends to be heavier, darker, and less sparse, so the amalgamation of the two styles produces something light and open, but still very natural. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Rustic Design," 26 Oct. 2018 Genre is much less defined in 2018; everything is a streaming era amalgamation of so many influences and ideas. Paige Williams, Billboard, "5 Seconds of Summer's 10 Greatest Songs: Critic's Picks," 15 June 2018 Then, using digital technology, those three versions were fused together to create the best amalgamation. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Digital Forensics Reconstructs Seven Lost Masterpieces," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of amalgamation

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for amalgamation

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