from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to diffusionism
  • n. A proponent of diffusionism

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who believes or adheres to some theory of diffusion, as the diffusion of taxes (which see, under diffusion).


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  • Dismissal of the possibility of King Arthur's death in North America is characteristic, in Stengel's view, of the "professional and popular disregard" of "unorthodox inquiries ... generally known as diffusionist studies, that presuppose intentional contact with the Americas by civilizations across both the Pacific and the Atlantic, beginning sometime in the late Stone Age (7000-3000 B.C.)."

    Insight: Camelot in Kentucky

  • He was, in short, a committed diffusionist; he made no allowance for the possibility of independent invention and parallel development elsewhere.

    Joseph Needham Biography

  • A female diffusionist was a double loser in this business.


  • The diffusionist theory had always faced a major hurdle:the absence of scientifically verified evidence that would prove contact between one hemisphere and another before Columbus.


  • But if the best he can do to support his argument for the theory of substrate influence on Creoles is to cite the influence of a Black Creole Portuguese on Hawaiian Creole English, then he must be a wildly enthusiastic diffusionist.

    Roots of Creole

  • Ouch, Nina thought, I’m thinking like a diffusionist.



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