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

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 It’s an odd pre-buttal, given that his work fits neatly within the long history of African American assimilationist thought. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 The book recounts massacres and broken treaties, and pays particular attention to the Friends of the Indian movement, white activists whose misguided assimilationist enterprises further eroded Indigenous nations. The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2021 France has tended to view its model as assimilationist in opposition to American multiculturalism. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2021 Macdonald’s role in Canada’s assimilationist policies hasn’t been broadly taught or understood until recently. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 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, 24 June 2020 To be antiracist is to conquer the assimilationist consciousness and the segregationist consciousness. David Montgomery, Washington Post, 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 20 Jan. 2022.

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