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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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 Taking this growing, cash-flow generating business out of GE will leave an amalgamation of longer-cycle operations, and the company will have to execute well to prove their value. Brooke Sutherland,, "GE health business is ready for its closeup," 27 June 2018 His favorites include an amalgamation of raspberry and limoncello or peach and watermelon. Kaya Laterman, New York Times, "A Bayside Italian Ice, Bursting With (80) Flavors," 20 June 2018 The coaster, as the story goes, is an amalgamation of select Andy’s toys, including his Slinky Dog, Dash & Dodge Mega Coaster Kit and its accessory power booster, the add-on that hurls Slinky through those hoops. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney not toying around with Slinky Dog Dash," 28 June 2018 But on the whole, this feels like the game a title like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate promises: a massive amalgamation of all the best bits from all the Smash games that came before it, with comprehensiveness prioritized over innovation. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate," 15 June 2018 His ownership group was an amalgamation of the high-powered WinStar breeding farm, hedge fund executive Sol Kumin and a group of largely secretive Chinese businessmen. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Justify goes wire to wire in Belmont Stakes to win Triple Crown," 9 June 2018

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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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