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 (mŭl′tē-kŭl′chər-əl, -tī-)
1. Of, relating to, or including several cultures.
2. Of or relating to a social or educational theory that encourages interest in many cultures within a society rather than in only a mainstream culture.

mul′ti·cul′tur·al·ism n.
mul′ti·cul′tur·al·ist n.


1. (Sociology) the state or condition of being multicultural
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the policy of maintaining a diversity of ethnic cultures within a community
ˌmultiˈculturaˌlist adj, n


(ˌmʌl tiˈkʌl tʃər əˌlɪz əm, ˌmʌl taɪ-)

the existence, recognition, or preservation of different cultures or cultural identities within a unified society.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.multiculturalism - the doctrine that several different cultures (rather than one national culture) can coexist peacefully and equitably in a single countrymulticulturalism - the doctrine that several different cultures (rather than one national culture) can coexist peacefully and equitably in a single country
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
nationalism - the doctrine that your national culture and interests are superior to any other


[ˌmʌltiˈkʌltʃərəlɪzəm] nmulticulturalisme mmulti-faceted multifaceted [ˌmʌltiˈfæsɪtɪd] adj
He is a multi-faceted performer → C'est un artiste aux multiples talents.
Her job is multi-faceted → Son travail est très varié.
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Unfortunately, however, multiculturalism has become a dirty word in Europe.
The emergence of multiculturalism and interculturalism is to be explained as a respond to multiculturality of contemporary societies, on the one hand, and as a reaction to centuries long dominance of a worldview that can be denoted as monoculturalism.
It is clear from the very outset that Foster intends to employ Where Race Does not Matter to argue for the merits of multiculturalism, which is presented as an antidote or corrective to the toxicity of Modernism.
The last few years have witnessed the development of a new direction in theoretical feminist thinking which focuses on the quality of the link between feminism and multiculturalism.
Eye-opening thoughts on multiculturalism, Islam and America
Multiculturalism and the Prospects for Africa and African Diaspora Development, State University of Bahia, Salvador Bahia, Brazil, November 8-10 2011
It was hypothesized that participants who express high intercultural sensitivity and multiculturalism will be less likely to be ethnocentric compared to those who are low in intercultural sensitivity and multiculturalism.
DEPUTY PM Nick Clegg yesterday mounted a strong defence of multiculturalism, just weeks after David Cameron attacked the concept, calling for a stronger assertion of British national identity.
SO our Prime Minister says multiculturalism isn't working; well, amongst the people and friends he associates with, I don't suppose it is.
Multiculturalism is precisely that, different cultures living side by side, at times overlapping, at times intermixing and maintaining their own identity, which is what we enjoy in Huddersfield.
New Labour championed multiculturalism and at the same time opened the doors to mass immigration, and then denied there was any downside to that policy.

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