ethnocentrism

noun eth·no·cen·trism \ ˌeth-nō-ˈsen-ˌtri-zəm \

Definition of ethnocentrism

: the attitude that one's own group, ethnicity, or nationality is superior to others
  • Yet Brumidi was ignored, the victim of ethnocentrism and snobbery. Though he became a citizen in 1857 … American-born artists cast him as a foreigner and resented his painting Capitol murals.
  • —Sheryl Gay Stolberg
  • When it comes to programs targeted at the poor, ethnocentrism correlates with stinginess …
  • —Matthew Yglesias

First Known Use of ethnocentrism

1906

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