from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to features or items analyzed without considering their role as a structural unit in a system, as in behavioral science or linguistics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to analysis of a culture from a perspective situated outside all cultures.


From (phon)etic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From phonetic. (Wiktionary)


  • Some important terms were introduced - e.g. 'emic' and 'etic' - but not taken to enough depth in examples to drive home the deeper implications.


  • John McCreery: Rick, If "etic" means nothing more than a third-party label, then the PRIZM labels might be called ...

    Savage Minds

  • Obviously this ain't real news to us and is something that I already know is innate and automatic when working with Black client's, but it's been a good resource to recommend to collegues that either have NO clue how to communicate and facilitate dialogue with African American individuals and their families or they have an "etic" point of view (they can apply the same counseling approaches to everybody regardless of their culture … smh).


  • What happens when that emic view comes into conflict with the etic view is a complex issue.

    University pays damages to Indian tribe for alleged misuse of DNA - The Panda's Thumb

  • This man, little known in Australia, introduced the modernist aesth­etic challenge into art education here.

    Bauhaus in Australia: Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack

  • Kenneth L. Pike - who coined "emic" and "etic" to get at the persepectiveS any particular person may have subjective, objective, and otherwise - gave me Nagel's book to read.

    The View From Everywhere: Impartiality, Objectivity and Other Ideals

  • Of course my criterion of judgment is emic within my system, etic with respect to theirs.

    Inigo Montoya Addresses Fundamentalists

  • Of or relating to features or items analyzed with respect to their role as structural units in a system, as in behavioral science or linguistics.etic - definition of etic by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    Yesterday, Research, Morning Reading

  • According to the “etic” explanatory models, this transcendental sensitivity might be based on psychophysiological processes localized in the right hemisphere of the brain.

    Sri Aurobindo, Bergson, Levinas, Ricoeur

  • Even so, your point (and comment in general) target the tension (and there always is a tension) between what we call, in a shorthand-fashion, the "emic" and the "etic"; that is, a point of view from inside a context, and one from outside it.

    Meaning, Games, and Bureaucracy


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