orientalism

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noun, often capitalized ori·en·tal·ism \ ˌȯr-ē-ˈen-tə-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of orientalism

1 :something (such as a style or manner) associated with or characteristic of Asia or Asians
2 :scholarship or learning in Asian subjects or languages

orientalist

play \ˌȯr-ē-ˈen-tə-list\ noun or adjective, often capitalized

First Known Use of orientalism

1747


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