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ethnocentrism \ethnocentrism\ n.

  1. belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group.

  2. a tendency to evaluate other people, activities, cultures, etc. primarily from the perspective of one's own as being superior.


n. The tendency to look at the world primarily from the perspective of one's own traditional, deferred, or adoptive ethnic culture.


n. belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group


Ethnocentrism is judging another culture solely by the values and standards of one's own culture. Ethnocentric individuals judge other groups relative to their own ethnic group or culture, especially with concern for language, behavior, customs, and religion. These ethnic distinctions and subdivisions serve to define each ethnicity's unique cultural identity. Ethnocentrism may be overt or subtle, and while it is considered a natural proclivity of human psychology, it has developed a generally negative connotation.

Usage examples of "ethnocentrism".

Japanese people were not capable of genuine self-government, and anyone who argued otherwise was either blinded by ethnocentrism or hypnotized by left-wing propaganda.

But we live in an extraordinary time, when technological advances and cultural relativism have made such ethnocentrism much more difficult to sustain.

He was quite well aware of such factors as ethnocentrism, to say nothing of egotism.