westernization


westernization
[[t]we̱stə(r)naɪze͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]]
N-UNCOUNT
The westernization of a country, place, or person is the process of them adopting ideas and behaviour that are typical of Europe and North America, rather than preserving the ideas and behaviour traditional in their culture.

...fundamentalists unhappy with the westernization of Afghan culture...

The explosive growth in casinos is one of the most conspicuous signs of Westernisation.

(in BRIT, also use westernisation)

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • westernization — west·ern·iza·tion …   English syllables

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