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 South End is a wonderful amalgamation of a neighborhood. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Eat and What to Do in Boston's South End," 5 Mar. 2021 If an overhaul ultimately passes, the final product likely will be an amalgamation of the various plans, including those backed by environmental groups, consumer advocates and other energy companies. Stacy St. Clair,, "Illinois lawmakers considering legislation that could hike ComEd bills less than a year after utility admitted multimillion-dollar bribery scheme," 16 Apr. 2021 The vocals are pitched up to robot level, and the track is a dually spare and brightly glitchy amalgamation that's altogether sleek as the chrome on your hovercraft. Katie Bain, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Jungle, Zhu, Elkka, Floating Points & More," 26 Mar. 2021 Ken The Man, is an amalgamation of Pimp C's charisma and the seductiveness of Lil Kim, while still adding her own down South flair to her music. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "Ken The Man is Houston's next big artist. Here's why.," 31 Mar. 2021 The amalgamation of all these things make her today's iconic Grammy legend. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, "Bow down! Beyoncé is now the most-winning female singer – like in Grammy history," 15 Mar. 2021 Our lives are an amalgamation of plans, decisions, surprises, and relationships that pop up along the way. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Why a Bucket List Might Help You Prepare for Post-Pandemic Life," 12 Mar. 2021 Normally, Fashion Month street style in Paris is an amalgamation of the previous season’s most attention-grabbing pieces, with statement coats, dresses, shoes, and bags making up most of the looks spotted outside shows. Eliza Huber,, "Paris Street Style Stars Are Ditching Skinny Jeans, Too," 12 Mar. 2021 In that time, their culture was completely integrated into British culture and then became these subcultures of ska and punk, which came later as an amalgamation of the two cultures. Essence, "UK Singer Celeste Is Bridging The Gap In Soul From Across The Pond," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of amalgamation

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for amalgamation

borrowed from Medieval Latin amalgamātiōn-, amalgamātiō "combining of a metal with mercury," from amalgamāre "to combine (a metal) with mercury, amalgamate" + Latin -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

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9 May 2021

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“Amalgamation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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