American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group.
- n. Overriding concern with race.
- n. The tendency to look at the world primarily from the perspective of one's own culture.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group.
- n. a tendency to evaluate other people, activities, cultures, etc. primarily from the perspective of one's own as being superior.
- n. belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group
- ethno- + -centrism (Wiktionary)
“Of course, racism/ethnocentrism is not the whole story, although they are more salient than many will admit.”
“The authors ground their study in previous theories from a wide range of disciplines, establishing a new framework for understanding what ethnocentrism is and how it becomes politically consequential.”
“While ethnocentrism is widespread in the United States, the authors demonstrate that its political relevance depends on circumstance.”
“Note, for example, the accepted opposite of ethnocentrism is xenocentrism.”
“Orwell reveals a certain ethnocentrism in his ideas, in that the characteristics of Newspeak that he derides as controlling changes in English are common in perfectly functional agglutinative languages.”
“Can't Post | Private Reply bubba, thanks for this morning's lesson in ethnocentrism and entitlement. the obnoxiousness of those who feel themselves better than or above others isn't wholly owned by, as you imply, wealthy white folks from nob. there are plenty of not so wealthy whites and wealthy non-whites who do the same work. nothing worse than passing through a resort town and getting to experience that little game in action, in the airport, at a restaurant ... makes me want to grab folks and shake em till they wake up. never tried it though. but, when that lack of respect falls into the realm of the legal or political arenas things can get real nasty real fast. you give some good advice, but i'm not sure you meant this:”
“And this regime, contrary to all claims to the contrary, was founded to overcome ethnocentrism, which is in no sense a discovery of social science.”
“If you feel 'the end justify the means', slaughtering 300 foreigners to save one american life, it's called ethnocentrism, and not a very socially sustainable attitude, as it leads to pointless tit for tat conflicts with third world countries.”
“Perhaps they are superior after all, at least they seem to get the idea of ethnocentrism unlike us.”
“A very strong school of thought in American political science focuses on the role of partisanship in structuring political opinion and voting behavior with other factors, such as ethnocentrism, acting indirectly through them.”
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