Meaning of ethnocentrism in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɛθnə(ʊ)ˈsɛntrɪz(ə)m/


mass noun
  • Evaluation of other cultures according to preconceptions originating in the standards and customs of one's own culture.

    ‘The best way to combat ethnocentrism is to encourage empathy at all levels of the firm.’
    • ‘The comments reveal an ethnocentrism in judging lower-class behavior using middle-class standards.’
    • ‘Ethnocentrism is in reality a much more widespread phenomenon than racism.’
    • ‘European ethnocentrism is not, therefore, the sole culprit.’
    • ‘Unable to adjust to these disappointments, many missionaries returned home with their ethnocentrism intact.’
    • ‘I cannot believe the amount of ethnocentrism that I have encountered in a nation renowned for its cultural diversity.’
    • ‘Australia was settled by Europeans as Western ethnocentrism meshed with racial ideas.’
    • ‘Her family background perhaps also helps to explain her interest in displaced and marginal people, her horror of nationalism and ethnocentrism.’
    • ‘Rejecting the ethnocentrism characteristic of an earlier generation of anthropologists, Levi-Strauss refused to think of tribal cultures as primitive.’
    • ‘Goodbye ethnocentrism, greetings to the common world we diversely live in and attempt to make sense of.’