Sinicism [sin-uh-siz-uh m] WORD ORIGIN noun something characteristic of or peculiar to the Chinese; a Chinese method, custom, or usage.

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  • Origin of Sinicism 1890–95; Sinic Chinese (Medieval Latin Sīnicus Medieval Greek Sīnikós, equivalent to Late Greek Sîn(ai) the Chinese + -ikos -ic) + -ism; see Sino- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for sinicism Sinicism noun rare a Chinese custom or idiom Word Origin for Sinicism C19: from Medieval Latin Sinicus Chinese, from Late Latin Sīnae the Chinese, from Greek Sinai, from Arabic Sīn China Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for sinicism Sinicism n.

    “Chinese ways, Chinese affectations,” 1891; see Sino- + -ism. Related: Sinicize; Sinification.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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