Definition of assimilationist in US English:



  • A person who advocates or participates in racial or cultural integration.

    as modifier ‘the assimilationist policies of the right’
    • ‘The report also makes the startling point that Aboriginal girls were more likely to be removed from their communities by the white assimilationist policies of the past.’
    • ‘Generally, such a model depicts an assimilationist process in which acquisition of host culture traits is concomitant with loss of traits of the culture of origin.’
    • ‘But in recent decades, the assimilationist ethic has been badly undermined.’
    • ‘Early gay rights advocacy had a distinctly assimilationist and universalist orientation.’
    • ‘The goal of one common culture, or an homogeneous public, championed by assimilationists, does not lead necessarily to an harmonious society.’
    • ‘The degree to which a coherent national identity has existed is debatable despite the assimilationist policies of the government.’
    • ‘More importantly for this article, American Yiddish socialism demanded a rigid adherence to an assimilationist viewpoint on the question of Jewish identity in the US.’
    • ‘In classrooms where an assimilationist view of language and culture is in place, language arts instruction focuses on the acquisition of English first.’
    • ‘Nor is it from an assimilationist perspective.’
    • ‘An assimilationist melting-pot ideology glosses over real differences of historical experience and fairness.’
    • ‘However, much earlier than is generally understood, writers were creating works critiquing the assimilationist model.’
    • ‘The first two presenters - both South Asian Americans - attacked the novel for its assimilationist heroine and her series of relationships with white men.’
    • ‘Then there is the factor that, for many immigrant Catholics in this country, the Episcopal Church represented the social and cultural status of their assimilationist aspirations.’
    • ‘In doing so, modern states exhibited an assimilationist tendency, striving for social homogeneity.’
    • ‘The assimilationist policies continue cautiously, in large part because the non-indigenous population yearns to decide how First Nations should conduct themselves.’
    • ‘The mismatch between the assimilationist aspirations of young immigrants and the discriminatory instincts of the French was highlighted by two polls in this period.’
    • ‘I was raised as an assimilationist, but it's not my confused identity that prevents me from joining in; I've got the spirit, but I can't clap to the beat.’
    • ‘The proponents of an assimilationist rather than exceptionalist interpretation of Southern history might object that this concept of a separate and unique South existed only in hearts and minds.’
    • ‘We should brace ourselves for a fracturing of the gay rights movement in the next few decades, between assimilationists and their opponents.’
    • ‘The more assimilationist you become, the more likely you are to fall back, to become indifferent, to say everything will be okay.’