ex·​ot·​i·​cism | \ ig-ˈzä-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce exoticism (audio) \
variants: or less commonly exotism \ ˈeg-​zə-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce exotism (audio) , ˈek-​sə-​ \

Definition of exoticism

: the quality or state of being exotic

Examples of exoticism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is how exoticism functions: Flip a coin and our food can be occult poison or a magic cure. Whizy Kim, refinery29.com, "Asian Snacks Are More Popular Than Ever In America. Here’s What That Says About Asian-Americans," 26 May 2020 At the same time, a certain exoticism was always a crucial ingredient of Pauline’s renown. Ian Bostridge, The New York Review of Books, "When Turgenev Did the Cancan," 29 Apr. 2020 Like Yorgos Lanthimos in The Favourite two years ago, de Wilde emphasizes the exoticism of the upper-class past — but with a blithely amused rather than black-humored spirit. Ross Douthat, National Review, "The Pleasures of Autumn de Wilde’s Emma.," 2 Apr. 2020 In addition to securities listed on mainstream exchanges, brokers have access to a menu of financial products that, whether because of legal restrictions or exoticism, are generally beyond the reach of retail investors. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "Wall Street’s watchdog is obscuring data that could protect investors," 3 Mar. 2020 Performed in front of a largely white audience on Sunday afternoon, this was still a brand of exoticism. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "An 18th-Century Opera, Supercharged for Our Time," 14 Oct. 2019 The mismatch of traditional garb, many wrote, further perpetuated the exoticism of Asian cultures. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, "Country singer Kacey Musgraves sexualized, disrespected Vietnamese outfit, critics say," 14 Oct. 2019 Losing their mystique and exoticism along the way, no doubt. National Geographic, "The epic history of the humble goldfish," 9 Oct. 2019 To see culture, history, and the arts as more than sources of beauty, exoticism, and nostalgia, but to use them as tools that help the audiences navigate the challenges of contemporary America. CBS News, "Book excerpt: "A Fool's Errand" on what America needs to remember," 28 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of exoticism

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Exoticism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exoticism. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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