Definition of ethnocentrism in English:



  • Evaluation of other cultures according to preconceptions originating in the standards and customs of one's own culture.

    • ‘Unable to adjust to these disappointments, many missionaries returned home with their ethnocentrism intact.’
    • ‘Goodbye ethnocentrism, greetings to the common world we diversely live in and attempt to make sense of.’
    • ‘I cannot believe the amount of ethnocentrism that I have encountered in a nation renowned for its cultural diversity.’
    • ‘European ethnocentrism is not, therefore, the sole culprit.’
    • ‘Rejecting the ethnocentrism characteristic of an earlier generation of anthropologists, Levi-Strauss refused to think of tribal cultures as primitive.’
    • ‘Australia was settled by Europeans as Western ethnocentrism meshed with racial ideas.’
    • ‘The best way to combat ethnocentrism is to encourage empathy at all levels of the firm.’
    • ‘Ethnocentrism is in reality a much more widespread phenomenon than racism.’
    • ‘The comments reveal an ethnocentrism in judging lower-class behavior using middle-class standards.’
    • ‘Her family background perhaps also helps to explain her interest in displaced and marginal people, her horror of nationalism and ethnocentrism.’