Meaning of exoticism in English:



mass noun
  • 1The quality of being attractive or striking through being colourful or unusual.

    ‘the luxury and exoticism of the new decor’
    • ‘In reality, architectural exoticism must have been tempered by familiar amusements, for the house had a fantastical surprise garden with fountains; its plan too was diverting.’
    • ‘For all the opulent exoticism of his unique harmony, Alexander Scriabin was nothing if not meticulous about musical form and structure.’
    • ‘His Romantic exoticism was the target of criticism from the naturalists such as Duranty.’
    • ‘Cities generally excite him more than landscapes, living communities more than ruins, and, despite the thoroughness of his Italian sightseeing, only the exoticism of Venice seems to utterly enchant him.’
    • ‘They respond to the music's exoticism with playing that is full, passionate, and atmospheric.’
    • ‘The bejeweled extravagance of a dying aristocracy along with the extreme decadence of the brothel in the heart of the ancient city offer an exoticism that is antidote to what was probably in Proust's mind most abhorrent of all - middle class crassness.’
    • ‘The dreamlike exoticism was heightened by a video performance of a '20s-style ballad, featuring the undulations of a laconic singer and a provocatively pierced nude male dancer.’
    • ‘I was excited by the romantic exoticism of the play, but it was also a little quaint and stagy.’
    • ‘The book exemplifies the increasing exoticism of Christianity to the chatty class.’
    • ‘The novel's unusual ideas are a careful balance of exoticism and emotional appeal that also offers some intriguing ideas about the different kinds of 'stories' intelligent beings use to think about the world.’
    1. 1.1Style or traits considered characteristic of a distant foreign country.
      ‘she exudes an aura of exoticism’
      • ‘The courts of Europe had long been fascinated by the exoticism and mystery of the Orient.’
      • ‘The authors accused the novelist of distorting Asian American reality on the one hand, and catering to the demand of the dominant culture for exoticism and stereotypes on the other.’
      • ‘These places, frequently adorned with Bogart posters, ceiling fans, or a piano, often try to capture the film's Moroccan exoticism or sense of romance.’
      • ‘Although all the stories are set in contemporary Thailand, no hint of exoticism wraps either the characters or their situations.’
      • ‘Before the action begins, melancholy North African music signals both the exoticism of Cleopatra's court and the tragedy that is to unfold.’
      • ‘The film's visuals, shot with an excessive use of the soft filter, tend to overstress the contrast between Indian exoticism and British stuffiness.’
      • ‘This Iranian film presents a stylized and simple reality that intrigues Western audiences through its poetry and exoticism.’



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