Adjective "ethnocentric" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Evaluating other cultures according to preconceptions originating in the standards and customs of one's own culture.
  1. 'Although individuation is viewed as the optimal path to identity development in some cultures, this is ethnocentric and biased when viewed in the context of other cultures across the world.'
  2. 'Nevertheless, many highly ethnocentric societies are not racist.'
  3. 'Such ethnocentric representation of the indigenous and the aboriginal suggests the poet's lack of sympathy with her environment - that is, her estrangement.'
  4. 'Equating the week with a seven-day rhythm is a result of an ethnocentric bias that is challenged through an examination of the surprisingly wide variability of the week's length in different parts of the world.'
  5. 'Beyond this, the editor made efforts to address and correct common misconceptions and biases found in ethnocentric texts and media coverage about the region.'
  6. 'Such examination and subsequent awareness is not always easy because people have a tendency to be blind to their bias or ethnocentric perspectives.'
  7. 'We assert that it is culturally ethnocentric and logically absurd to relegate a universal phenomenon to the pathological domain.'
  8. 'This does help to counter a traditional overemphasis on western societies and an ethnocentric bias in the treatment of other societies.'
  9. 'The first generation of western historians to address the western environment as an agent in shaping the region reflected the ethnocentric preconceptions of their time.'
  10. 'I wonder when you will see fit to take our government's ethnocentric and intolerant activities to task?'


1. Sociology. the belief in the inherent superiority of one's own ethnic group or culture.

2. a tendency to view alien groups or cultures from the perspective of one's own.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be ethnocentric in choices."

"views can be ethnocentric."

"perspectives can be ethnocentric."

"curricula can be ethnocentric."

"viewpoints can be ethnocentric."

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