west·​ern·​i·​za·​tion ˌwe-stər-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce westernization (audio)
often capitalized
: conversion to or adoption of western traditions or techniques

Examples of westernization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All those shows are remarkably eclectic, telling stories depicting Brothers Grimm fairy tales, cannibalism in Victorian London, the westernization of 19th-century Japan and a Hollywood songwriter’s fractured friendships. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2023 Nemat grew up in the ‘70s during the much more liberal era of the Shah, a secular monarchy backed by the United States, that had placed the country on a trajectory toward modernization and westernization. Wendy Kaur, ELLE, 21 Nov. 2022 Within months, Pahlavi Iran, a showcase for Westernization, yielded to the Islamic state led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Amir-Hussein Radjy, New Republic, 6 July 2017 Late-20th-century globalization — a synonym for Westernization — brought a lot of good to both poorer Western countries and the non-Western world. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, 25 May 2017 Westernization has begun to influence a new aesthetic, one that echoes metropolises from around the world. Liz Stinson, WIRED, 3 Mar. 2014 Police officers some months ago closed a knockoff KFC restaurant after hard-liners protested, saying the chicken wings were a symbol of Westernization. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of westernization was in 1873

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“Westernization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/westernization. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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