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

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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First Known Use of amalgamation

1775, 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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13 Aug 2022

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“Amalgamation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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