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imperialism

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noun im·pe·ri·al·ism \im-ˈpir-ē-ə-ˌli-zəm\

Simple Definition of imperialism

  • : a policy or practice by which a country increases its power by gaining control over other areas of the world

  • : the effect that a powerful country or group of countries has in changing or influencing the way people live in other, poorer countries

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of imperialism

  1. 1 :  imperial government, authority, or system

  2. 2 :  the policy, practice, or advocacy of extending the power and dominion of a nation especially by direct territorial acquisitions or by gaining indirect control over the political or economic life of other areas; broadly :  the extension or imposition of power, authority, or influence <union imperialism>

imperialist

play \-list\ noun or adjective

imperialistic

play \-ˌpir-ē-ə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective

imperialistically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of imperialism in a sentence

  1. British imperialism created the enormous British Empire.



Linguistic Roots of imperialism

The original meaning of imperialism was a simple one: "imperial government," that is, empire in the classical sense (such as existed in ancient Rome, China, and Greece). In more recent times, imperialism has become synonymous with western hegemony in Africa and Asia from the 18th through the 20th centuries and with the spreading cultural influence of the United States. Formerly implying military and governmental dominance, the word today is often invoked in a wider variety of contexts, such as cultural imperialism, media imperialism, and economic imperialism. And while there has been considerable debate about net the effects of western dominance in other parts of the world, in its current use, imperialism often carries a negative connotation.

1800

First Known Use of imperialism

1800



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