Orientalism Definition

ôrē-ĕntl-ĭzəm
noun
Any trait, quality, mannerism, etc. usually associated with people of the East.
Webster's New World
The study of Eastern culture.
Webster's New World
The adoption by Western artists of decorative elements evoking Asian or North African cultures.
American Heritage
A viewpoint, as ascribed to some in the West, in which Asia or specif. the Arabic Middle East is seen variously as exotic, mysterious, irrational, etc.
Webster's New World
In the figurative arts, the tendency to represent eastern subjects, to assume stylistical characteristics original of the East.
Wiktionary
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Origin of Orientalism

  • From French orientalisme, from oriental (“eastern, Oriental").

    From Wiktionary

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