Meaning of orientalism in English:



mass noun
  • 1Style, artefacts, or traits considered characteristic of the peoples and cultures of Asia.

    ‘In the skilled hands of Dacic and Gekic, the mesmeric sound of the music's Orientalism was born anew.’
    • ‘The nineteenth-century preoccupation with orientalism provided a strong design influence well into the twentieth century.’
    1. 1.1The representation of Asia in a stereotyped way that is regarded as embodying a colonialist attitude.
      ‘Hollywood's vision of the middle east hasn't got much beyond Victorian orientalism, either.’
      • ‘The European position bore all the earmarks of what Edward Said has called orientalism.’
      • ‘The new resurgent orientalism does not even put up the pretence of scholarly detachment or search for truth.’
      • ‘Orientalism is not defused by tourism, ecclesiastical or otherwise.’
      • ‘Tchen points out that political orientalism rooted in the outcry of organized labor against the non-organized Chinese labor, which was cheaply used by the capitalists to break strikes.’
      • ‘In accordance with the strategy of orientalism, and relying on the electronic and print media, the myths of the Other are created and perpetuated.’
      • ‘Villa may very well have been quite aware of the role modernist orientalism played in his reception in the United States.’
      • ‘How was orientalism played out in the development of American culture and American identity as a nation?’
      • ‘The procedure and the idea behind Japanese bath taking is clearly explained, without the oft-found orientalism.’
      • ‘This is a commonly cited text in discussions of early nineteenth-century orientalism and imperialism.’
      • ‘As one might expect from its title, this book enters the critical conversations about Romanticism and orientalism of the last fifteen years, but with an important expansion of focus.’
      • ‘How do notions of orientalism and cultural nationalism relate to Indian theatre?’
      • ‘The counterargument against the appropriateness of this metaphor is the over-commercialization of the Buddha in neo-chinoiserie, in New Age religion and in other resurgent forms of orientalism.’
      • ‘It is now seemingly impossible to comment on the image of (suffering) women in rural Chinese films without placing that commentary within a frame of orientalism and transnational consumerism.’
      • ‘Kondo distinguishes between western forms of orientalism, autoexoticisms by Asian subjects, and counter-orientalisms that subvert western modes of apprehending discursively produced Asian identities.’



/ɔːrɪˈɛnt(ə)lɪzm/ /ɒrɪˈɛnt(ə)lɪzm/