as·​sim·​i·​la·​tion·​ist | \ ə-ˌsi-mə-ˈlā-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce assimilationist (audio) \

Definition of assimilationist

: a person who advocates a policy of assimilating differing racial or cultural groups

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Other Words from assimilationist

assimilationism \ ə-​ˌsi-​mə-​ˈlā-​shə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce assimilationist (audio) \ noun
assimilationist adjective

Examples of assimilationist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Macdonald’s role in Canada’s assimilationist policies hasn’t been broadly taught or understood until recently. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Canada’s founder oppressed Indigenous peoples. Should his statues stand?," 19 Oct. 2020 Many of those older campaigns, which some radicals see as assimilationist, fractured after Obama granted their wish, all their strategic aims put in one basket. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "A Dream of Lasting Solidarity at the Dyke March," 24 June 2020 To be antiracist is to conquer the assimilationist consciousness and the segregationist consciousness. David Montgomery, Washington Post, "The Anti-Racist Revelations of Ibram X. Kendi," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of assimilationist

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Assimilationist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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