diffusionist

noun
dif·​fu·​sion·​ist | \ di-ˈfyü-zhə-nəst How to pronounce diffusionist (audio) \

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 \ di-​ˈfyü-​zhə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce diffusionism (audio) \ 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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“Diffusionist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diffusionist. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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