Eurocentric

adjective

Eu·​ro·​cen·​tric ˌyu̇r-ə-ˈsen-trik How to pronounce Eurocentric (audio)
: centered on Europe or the Europeans
especially : reflecting a tendency to interpret the world in terms of European or Anglo-American values and experiences
Eurocentrism noun
Eurocentrist noun

Examples of Eurocentric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The term is Eurocentric, or viewed in the perception of Europeans, and doesn’t account for the vastness of the area’s culture, language, or history, according to Zayan. Kamal Morgan, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 May 2024 Black Is King was an impressive entry point to African spiritualities for those used to Eurocentric imagery. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2024 What factors contributed to Formula 1 progressing from a Eurocentric sport to one with immense global popularity? Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2024 Navigating an industry historically entrenched in Eurocentric beauty standards, Black people have long made do. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 12 Mar. 2024 The result tends to be a Eurocentric notion of the West. Emma Green, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 Born out of the desire to teach Black Americans outside of the Eurocentric education system at a time when many white institutions wouldn’t admit people of color, HBCUs have always played a crucial role in this country’s history. C. Isaiah Smalls Ii, Miami Herald, 1 Mar. 2024 At first glance, this presents as a celebration of thicker bodies, a seemingly noble act in a society largely dominated by Eurocentric standards that praise and prioritize slender body types. Tayler Adigun, Essence, 16 Feb. 2024 The marbling coincided with another nascent interest: colonial botany and its hierarchical, Eurocentric system of naming and categorizing plant life. Grace Edquist, Vogue, 29 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Eurocentric was in 1927

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“Eurocentric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Eurocentric. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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