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a peculiarity or idiosyncrasy of the Oriental peoples.
the character or characteristics of the Oriental peoples.
the knowledge and study of Oriental languages, literature, etc.
Contemporary Examples

The last section, “Orientalism,” is exquisite and gilded, with golden-hued floral wallpaper.
What Drives Fashion Designer Dries Van Noten Sarah Moroz March 3, 2014

Brad Gooch on how the ghost of Edward Said’s ‘Orientalism’ haunts the work.
Marina Warner’s Stranger Magic Reconsiders the Arabian Nights Brad Gooch March 24, 2012

Orientalism was the equivalent of an academic beach book during in the summer of 1979—a “cult bible,” says Warner.
Marina Warner’s Stranger Magic Reconsiders the Arabian Nights Brad Gooch March 24, 2012

Historical Examples

Fountains tinkle beneath gently moving palms; the savour of Orientalism clings to the spot.
The Story of Seville Walter M. Gallichan

Then he was ushered into the cabin, that was replete with Orientalism as well.
A Little Girl in Old Salem Amanda Minnie Douglas

Yet he had undoubtedly lost much, and the measure of his loss was proven in his estimate of the Orientalism of Jeypore.
From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling

He struck his hands together, a bit of Orientalism he had brought back with him.
The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath

A form of Orientalism which frequently occurs in Magyar folk-poetry.
The Folk-Tales of the Magyars Various

The capitals are of somewhat composite order, with a leaning to Orientalism.
The Cathedral Builders Leader Scott

As aiding very greatly in the popular introduction of Orientalism, Apollonius of Tyana must be mentioned.
History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2) John William Draper

knowledge of or devotion to the Orient
an Oriental quality, style, or trait

in reference to character, style, trait, or idiom felt to be from the Orient, 1769, from oriental + -ism. Related: Orientalist.


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