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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Social media, meanwhile, necessitates the illusion of happiness and exoticism. Wired, "The Beautiful Potential of Never-Ending Bachelor Parties," 22 Aug. 2019 Consider confusion a form of intellectual exoticism. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Where Europe and Asia meet: Chloe Dewe Mathews’s ‘Caspian: The Elements’," 12 June 2019 These weary-looking palm trees, their exoticism strikingly out of place, have clearly seen happier times. 1843, "The masochistic appeal of the British seaside," 25 June 2019 One of the candidates, if verified, would enter the textbooks as a completely novel quantum phenomenon, with an exoticism that appeals to many theorists. Quanta Magazine, "The Quantum Secret to Superconductivity," 22 Feb. 2016 Secret Garden Supper Club redefines people’s experience of luxury, through a different take on the decadence and exoticism that have long been synonymous with the French Riviera. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "There Is A Secret Garden Supper Club On The French Riviera And We Want In," 5 Sep. 2017 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

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First Known Use of exoticism

1827, in the meaning defined above

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