Meaning of Africanism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈafrɪkənɪz(ə)m/


  • 1A feature of language or culture regarded as characteristically African.

    ‘So how might we see Africanisms, or African cultural traits, in the material record here?’
    • ‘While it recalls the Africanisms associated with adapting to new roles, language, and land, it also invigorates cultural consciousness.’
    • ‘In 1949, his seminal research in Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect detailed the ways African languages impacted American English.’
    • ‘And then there are the personal touches: the South Africanisms, the local commentary on current events, and some of the most excruciating puns going.’
    • ‘According to the author, writing about the British Leeward Islands at the end of the eighteenth century, field slaves were allowed to retain Africanisms to underscore their inferiority.’
    • ‘She did so by drawing on her personal history, by gathering local stories, by collecting art objects, and by cataloguing Africanisms into Cuban Spanish.’
    • ‘Both men use film to explore the specificity of Africanisms within the context of human universal as well as American experiences and social norms.’
    • ‘In contrast Scylla is closely aligned with Africanisms, albeit in an alienated form.’
    • ‘In the newspaper, the Mayor wrote about changing place names on the basis of ‘a South Africanism that embraces the richness of our diversity’.’
    • ‘The cast-net has not yet been generally recognized in print as an Africanism, and awaits further research.’
  • 2mass noun The belief that black Africans and their culture should predominate in Africa.

    ‘some proclaim a policy of non-racialism, others a more racially exclusive one of Africanism’
    • ‘Narrow and all defined tribal loyalties are an obstacle towards embracing a broader sense of nationalism, Africanism, and democracy.’
    • ‘Another aspect of their Africanism is intellectual, a conscious stance that systematically questions the Western perspective on reality.’
    • ‘He is considered one of the founding fathers of Africanism, a philosophy that espoused an almost militant pride in blackness.’
    • ‘She said the roadshows would reflect Africanism of the country's people through aspects such as the theme song.’
    • ‘The city benefited enormously from but refused historic equality to Africanism that wove itself so thoroughly through New Orleans culture.’
    • ‘From his student days at Fort Hare where his ideas of Africanism began to ferment, he challenged the existing apartheid order which had extended its arm to educational institutions.’
    • ‘The Folger's collections have proved invaluable to a project we have undertaken on Africanism in early modern England and English America.’
    • ‘I strongly believe in Africanism to the core.’