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

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The exoticism of raccoons has spurred an arms race among cafe owners looking to lure patrons jaded by the thousands of dog and cat cafes that began opening in Seoul and other Asian cities two decades ago. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, "That Raccoon Rooting Through Your Trash Could Be a Big Star in Seoul," 7 Nov. 2018 The craze for exoticism in the decorative arts reached a fever pitch; textiles were littered with pagodas and conical hats catering to growing tastes for Japonism. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "This Textile Has Been All Over Vogue—Here’s Where It Came From," 1 June 2018 If overt eroticism tended to be downplayed in Mexican painting, exoticism was a selling point. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "‘Painted in Mexico’: When a New Art Flourished Far From Mother Spain," 10 May 2018 Tribal clans are lovingly shot, never one-note lumps of exoticism. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "'Solo' cinematographer finds light in the darkness," 24 May 2018 He’s lauded for translating the color, energy, and exoticism of the Ballets Russes into fashion. Vogue, "Poiret Is Being Revived a Century After Its Heyday—Will It Matter to Fashion Audiences in 2018?," 30 Jan. 2018 History is seen in references to historical artists and authors including Van Gogh, Shakespeare, Melville, each of whom dealt with exoticism or being ostracized in their own lives and work. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Native American Artist Rick Bartow Took the Trauma of War and Turned It into Art," 10 May 2018 Lear’s parrots, for all their exoticism, strike a distinctly English note, and are almost like Regency political cartoons in their airy, bright-colored clarity. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Sense Beneath Edward Lear’s Nonsense," 17 Apr. 2018 Why did the mind that later turned stone into water bind this lush exoticism with such strong edges? Kenyon Gradert, WSJ, "Antoni Gaudí’s Surprisingly Straight Structure," 9 Mar. 2018

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1827, in the meaning defined above

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