ori·​en·​tal·​ize ˌȯr-ē-ˈen-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce orientalize (audio)
orientalized; orientalizing

transitive verb

often capitalized : to make Asian : give Asian qualities to

intransitive verb

often capitalized : to adopt Asian characteristics
orientalization noun often capitalized

Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of orientalize was in 1810

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“Orientalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orientalize. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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