Definition of mentality noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//menˈtæləti//
; NAmE NAmE//menˈtæləti//
[usually singular] (pl. mentalities)
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the particular attitude or way of thinking of a person or group synonym mindset I cannot understand the mentality of football hooligans. I can’t understand the mentality of people who are unkind to their pets. a criminal/ghetto mentality see also siege mentality Word Originlate 17th cent. (in the sense ‘mental process’): from the adjective mental + -ity. Current senses date from the mid 19th cent.
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