oralism

noun

oral·​ism ˈȯr-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce oralism (audio)
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: advocacy or use of the oral method of teaching the deaf
oralist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web By the time Ami Tsuji-Jones enrolled at the deaf school in the 1960s, oralism was seen by critics as a failure. Corinne Chin, CNN, 8 Oct. 2021 The oralism Bell championed was a disaster for the deaf. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2021 But as oralism came to dominate deaf education, largely through Bell’s reputation, deaf communities responded by further embracing sign. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Apr. 2021 Bonet’s approach combined oralism—using sounds to communicate—with sign language. National Geographic, 28 May 2019 Bonet’s approach combined oralism—using sounds to communicate—with sign language. National Geographic, 28 May 2019 And though oralism triumphed nationally, sign language won out as the preferred method of communication at Gallaudet. Matthew Davis, The Atlantic, 10 May 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oralism was in 1883

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Cite this Entry

“Oralism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oralism. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

oralism

noun
: advocacy or use of the oral method of teaching the deaf
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