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 More telling than racial demographics is the county’s mix of urban and rural communities and young and old populations, an amalgamation that effectively turns the county purple. Jordan Erb, The Indianapolis Star, "‘The world is watching Vigo County’: Nation’s bellwether preps for presidential election," 26 Oct. 2020 Our show is an amalgamation of all the stories that came before it. Christian Holub,, "DuckTales showrunners break down that Darkwing Duck two-parter, tease the rest of season 3," 20 Oct. 2020 Pecan pie filling, which is generally a soupy amalgamation of corn syrup, eggs and perhaps a bit of corn starch, flour or other thickening agent, can take a long time in the oven — an hour or more isn’t uncommon — to set. Paul Stephen,, "4 pecan pies to make now that it’s pecan season in Texas and San Antonio," 14 Oct. 2020 To die in 2020 is a messy amalgamation of digital business. Jared Misner, New York Times, "My Best Friend Is Gone, and Nothing Feels Right," 9 Oct. 2020 Many critics panned it as a heartless amalgamation of popular gaming tropes. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Amazon Wants to ‘Win at Games.’ So Why Hasn’t It?," 7 Oct. 2020 Take the composition of a human, which, according to Viking beliefs, was an amalgamation of forces and entities. Scott Beauchamp, Washington Examiner, "Who were the real Vikings?," 24 Sep. 2020 The current cast of Stars is an interesting amalgamation of talent, as noted by my pal and puckhead, Tim Cowlishaw. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "How do you like Jim Nill now? The Stars are knocking on the door of a Stanley Cup and it’s no mystery why," 17 Sep. 2020 The other members of the popular FAANG amalgamation plus Microsoft Corp. all land in the top group, except for Inc. which is one of the biggest employers in the S&P 500. Sarah Ponczek,, "Stock Market Warns Workers That They’re the Problem for Business," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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4 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

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

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