noun, often capitalized
west·​ern·​ism | \ -ˌnizəm \
plural -s

Definition of westernism

1a : a locution or pronunciation characteristic of a western region and especially of the western U.S.
b : an attitude or trait characteristic of a westerner
2a : a western institution or concept the Japanese took over the forms of westernism, including a constitution and a parliament— Nathaniel Peffer
b : adherence to or advocacy of western traditions and techniques

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First Known Use of westernism

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Westernism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/westernism. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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