Definitions

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  • n. a person (especially a scholar) interested in the orient

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An inhabitant of the Eastern parts of the world; an Oriental.
  • n. One versed in Eastern languages, literature, etc..

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. [cap. or lowercase] An inhabitant of some eastern part of the world; an Oriental.
  • n. [capitalized] One who is versed in the languages and literature of the East: opposed to Occidentalist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a specialist in oriental subjects

Etymologies

orient + -ist (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Such an evaluative promotion is prepared for through Gilchrist’s efforts to supplant the court language of Persian with the "popular speech" of Hindustani in orientalist scholarship.

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  • Of course, the whole 'orientalist' paintings were also in vogue some remarkable work there - there is a great book about Orientlist Painting:Orientalists: Western Artists in Arabia, the Sahara, Persia and Hardcover

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  • If, like me, you need the joke explained though I did figure out that mustashriq was 'orientalist', hie yourself over to Language Log, where Mark Liberman does the honors.

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  • Nor does he adopt the "orientalist" view (actually held by few if any real orientalists) of an unchanging Islamic culture holding the Middle East back from participation in the later stages of human progress.

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  • Nebbou wisely lets the story and performances speak for themselves, confining his personal flourishes mainly to an extravagant "orientalist" ball that Dumas stages at his chateau.

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  • And that no hotel could find room for a pregnant woman has a special Middle Eastern flavour - but now I'm becoming an "orientalist".

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  • But at least one of his supporters fears that Said did not take account of the vast "orientalist" literature of Italy, Germany and Russia.

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  • Neither do I, but: ‘respectable but out of date (and (maybe kind of orientalist)’ seems to be the consensus.

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  • Some employed orientalist rhetoric, blaming the incident on the primal sexual tendencies and lack of rationality among Egyptian men.

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  • What's more, the speed and sophistication of image-production by canny campaigners may also help to dispel some of the orientalist stereotypes that still circulate in the west.

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