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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

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>

im·pe·ri·al·ist play \-list\ noun or adjective
im·pe·ri·al·is·tic play \-ˌpir-ē-ə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective
im·pe·ri·al·is·ti·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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