- \\-zhəˌnizəm\ noun
: a theory in anthropology: widely separated cultural similarities are evidence of historical contact
* * *—diffusionist, n., adj./di fyooh"zheuh niz'euhm/, n. Anthropol.the theory or principle that diffusion is the main force in cultural innovation and change.[1935-40; DIFFUSION + -ISM]
* * *diffūˈsionism noun (anthropology)The theory that diffusion is mainly responsible for cultural similarities• • •Main Entry: ↑diffuse
Useful english dictionary. 2012.