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also o·ri·en·tal·ism  (ôr′ē-ĕn′tl-ĭz′əm)
1. Often Offensive A quality, mannerism, or custom specific to or characteristic of the Orient.
2. Scholarly study of Asian cultures and languages, especially by Westerners.
3. The adoption by Western artists of decorative elements evoking Asian or North African cultures.

O′ri·en′tal·ist adj. & n.


1. knowledge of or devotion to the Orient
2. an Oriental quality, style, or trait
ˌOriˈentalist n
ˌOriˌentalˈistic adj


(ˌɔr iˈɛn tlˌɪz əm, ˌoʊr-)

n. (often l.c.)
1. a quality, trait, or usage characteristic of Eastern peoples.
2. the knowledge and study of Oriental languages, literature, etc.
O`ri•en′tal•ist, n.


the habits, qualities, and customs of Oriental peoples. — Orientalist, Orientality, n.
See also: Behavior
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Orientalism - the scholarly knowledge of Asian cultures and languages and people
arts, humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts - studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills); "the college of arts and sciences"
2.orientalism - the quality or customs or mannerisms characteristic of Asian civilizations; "orientalisms can be found in Mozart's operas"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare


[ˌɔːrɪˈentəlɪzəm] Norientalismo m
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