Definition of diffusionism in English:

diffusionism

noun

Anthropology
  • See diffusionist

    • ‘One of the most interesting points to emerge is a recognition that with hindsight, European radicalism has once again written itself as a form of diffusionism, its sources and impetuses exclusive unto itself.’
    • ‘Intellectually this was a muddle, from ‘diffusionism’ to ‘cultural adaptation to environments’ to ‘post-processual’ symbolic interpretations.’
    • ‘The concept of diffusionism, however, and the idea of a historical archetype discernible from distinct and different contemporary practices are increasingly distrusted.’
    • ‘Without reliving the controversy of the last few decades, it is safe to say that the accurate and devastating criticisms leveled by him against cultural diffusionism and migration theory have not been completely answered.’

Pronunciation

diffusionism

/dɪˈfjuːʒ(ə)nɪz(ə)m/