Definition of exoticism in US English:



  • 1The quality of being attractive or striking through being colorful or unusual.

    ‘the luxury and exoticism of the new decor’
    • ‘The novel's unusual ideas are a careful balance of exoticism and emotional appeal that also offers some intriguing ideas about the different kinds of 'stories' intelligent beings use to think about the world.’
    • ‘I was excited by the romantic exoticism of the play, but it was also a little quaint and stagy.’
    • ‘For all the opulent exoticism of his unique harmony, Alexander Scriabin was nothing if not meticulous about musical form and structure.’
    • ‘The dreamlike exoticism was heightened by a video performance of a '20s-style ballad, featuring the undulations of a laconic singer and a provocatively pierced nude male dancer.’
    • ‘His Romantic exoticism was the target of criticism from the naturalists such as Duranty.’
    • ‘Cities generally excite him more than landscapes, living communities more than ruins, and, despite the thoroughness of his Italian sightseeing, only the exoticism of Venice seems to utterly enchant him.’
    • ‘The bejeweled extravagance of a dying aristocracy along with the extreme decadence of the brothel in the heart of the ancient city offer an exoticism that is antidote to what was probably in Proust's mind most abhorrent of all - middle class crassness.’
    • ‘In reality, architectural exoticism must have been tempered by familiar amusements, for the house had a fantastical surprise garden with fountains; its plan too was diverting.’
    • ‘The book exemplifies the increasing exoticism of Christianity to the chatty class.’
    • ‘They respond to the music's exoticism with playing that is full, passionate, and atmospheric.’
    1. 1.1 Style or traits considered characteristic of a distant foreign country.
      ‘she exudes an aura of exoticism’
      • ‘In Hawaii (which is still considered an exotic getaway, even though it is a US state), locals of color work part time jobs dressed up as natives at the polynesian cultural center to keep alive ideas of otherness and exoticism in visitors.’
      • ‘Before the action begins, melancholy North African music signals both the exoticism of Cleopatra's court and the tragedy that is to unfold.’
      • ‘These places, frequently adorned with Bogart posters, ceiling fans, or a piano, often try to capture the film's Moroccan exoticism or sense of romance.’
      • ‘The mission is to add that touch of exoticism to the model to make her shine even more.’
      • ‘The courts of Europe had long been fascinated by the exoticism and mystery of the Orient.’
      • ‘On the other hand, the oriental exoticism of the Buddhist temple captures the attention of most Americans and fits into the American imagination of what is Chinese.’
      • ‘The film's visuals, shot with an excessive use of the soft filter, tend to overstress the contrast between Indian exoticism and British stuffiness.’
      • ‘Although all the stories are set in contemporary Thailand, no hint of exoticism wraps either the characters or their situations.’
      • ‘The authors accused the novelist of distorting Asian American reality on the one hand, and catering to the demand of the dominant culture for exoticism and stereotypes on the other.’
      • ‘This Iranian film presents a stylized and simple reality that intrigues Western audiences through its poetry and exoticism.’