diffusionist

noun
dif·​fu·​sion·​ist | \-ˈfyü-zhə-nəst \

Definition of diffusionist 

: an anthropologist who emphasizes the role of diffusion in the history of culture rather than independent invention or discovery

Other Words from diffusionist

diffusionism \-​ˈfyü-​zhə-​ˌni-​zəm \ noun
diffusionist adjective

First Known Use of diffusionist

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diffusionist

diffusion + -ist entry 1, after earlier diffusionist, adjective, and diffusionism (probably after German Diffusionismus)

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