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 exoticism (audio) , ˈek-​sə-​ \

Definition of exoticism

: the quality or state of being exotic

Examples of exoticism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The exoticism of food wasn’t something sociologist and NYU food studies professor Krishnendu Ray devoted much time to early in his career. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 They are all tinged with a sense of exoticism, as many of these paintings send our imaginations off on journeys to places like North Africa, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. Nadja Sayej, Forbes, 12 May 2021 The portrayal and commodification of Chinese American femininity was broadly dovetailing with this commodification and exoticism surrounding this game. Time, 4 May 2021 Gallen understands and presents here without a shred of exoticism or sentimentality. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2020 Janelle Monae is not Josephine Baker, the legendary Negro performer who left behind American prejudice to become the toast of European exoticism — the Beyoncé of the Roaring Twenties. Armond White, National Review, 7 Oct. 2020 The exoticism satisfies those self-aggrandizing political poseurs who pretend identification with black culture but have hijacked and perverted it in the political world. Armond White, National Review, 18 Sep. 2020 The 1912 proved my favorite, with a spicy exoticism reminiscent of pomegranate, hibiscus and cracked pepper. Bryce Wiatrak, SFChronicle.com, 15 May 2018 This is how exoticism functions: Flip a coin and our food can be occult poison or a magic cure. Whizy Kim, refinery29.com, 26 May 2020

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First Known Use of exoticism

1827, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jul 2021

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“Exoticism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exoticism. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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