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Ethnocentric (based on the attitude tha one's group is superior) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the adjective ethnocentric

What does ethnocentric mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. centered on a specific ethnic group, usually one's own

Alternative definition of the adjective ethnocentric


  1. Of or pertaining to ethnocentrism.

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Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior (2017)

by Fathali M. Moghaddam

Highly ethnocentric attitudes lead to an increase in more conservative attitudes.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Counseling (2008)

by Frederick T. Leong

Positive Versus Negative Effects The ethnocentric perspective can have both affirming and detrimental implications for self-concept and interactions with others. Social identity theory purports that as individuals understand themselves, the following personality qualities are enhanced: personal identity, affiliation with others within group, confidence, understanding of self, psychological wellbeing, and self-esteem. However, the sole or primary culture-specific focus can negatively affect ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Resource Management (2016)

by Adrian Wilkinson, Stewart Johnstone

Ethnocentric management unethical and, as such, whether it is possible and desirable to 'inject' more ethics into HRM. In contrast, it is held that ethics, along with other constructed organizational phenomenon such as power and culture, only come into being in our experience of the world, in particular in our relationships with others. Research from this approach provokes debate in areas such as the ethical prerogative of HRM, the manner in which HRM reifies employees at the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Anthropology (2005)

FIVE-VOLUME SET by H. James Birx

An ethnocentric observer will compare the outgroup to the norms and exceptions already determined for the ingroup. If the observer sees no difference, then the outgroup is considered to be identical to the ingroup. If differences are noted, they are weighed according to positive and negative assumptions. When the outgroup positively values something determined to be negative in the ingroup, or the outgroup negatively values something determined to be positive in the ingroup, the ...

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Since the time of Homer every European, in what he could say about the Orient, was a racist, an imperialist, and almost totally ethnocentric. (Edward Said)
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Scrabble value of E1T1H4N1O1C3E1N1T1R1I1C3

The value of this 12-letter word is 19 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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