ad·​ven·​tur·​ism | \ əd-ˈven-chə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce adventurism (audio) \

Definition of adventurism

: improvisation or experimentation (as in politics or military or foreign affairs) in the absence or in defiance of accepted plans or principles

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Other Words from adventurism

adventurist \ əd-​ˈven-​ch(ə-​)rist How to pronounce adventurism (audio) \ noun
adventuristic \ əd-​ˌven-​chə-​ˈri-​stik How to pronounce adventurism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of adventurism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tehran’s adventurism through proxy forces in the Middle East has hardly been deterred. Washington Post, "Israel plays spoiler in Biden’s Iran gambit," 14 Apr. 2021 Nineteen years later, that provision still sits on the books — a never-ending mandate for dilettantish presidential adventurism. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Repeal the Iraq AUMF," 26 Mar. 2021 Ahmed thus tracks the spear backwards from the wound: first showing us the way the coronavirus hit Asian bodies, then tracking the slow-moving weapon back through dangerous workplace exposures, and further back to American adventurism. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "Performing for Ghosts: Riz Ahmed’s The Long Goodbye," 20 Feb. 2021 Their focus will be the 8m followers of WallStreetBets, an investment forum on Reddit, who have invented a new financial adventurism: call it swarm trading. The Economist, "Global finance The real revolution on Wall Street," 6 Feb. 2021 Biden also wants Iran to end its adventurism in the region, but also pledges to immediately pull back some sanctions, particularly those affecting coronavirus relief. Ron Kampeas,, "Will Trump leave Biden a war in the Middle East?," 1 Dec. 2020 Several current and former Pentagon and administration officials expressed concern that the shake-up could usher in a period of instability and possibly even overseas adventurism. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Trump Stacks the Pentagon and Intel Agencies With Loyalists. To What End?," 11 Nov. 2020 Erdogan could soon have to reckon with the consequences of foreign policy overreach after a year of aggressive adventurism in Turkey’s neighborhood. Washington Post, "Macron vs. Erdogan is a fight both leaders want," 27 Oct. 2020 The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, in a 3-0 ruling, smacked down government lawyers who sought to hang Qualcomm for being successful and the federal judge who entertained their antitrust adventurism. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Defeat for Antitrust Adventurism," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of adventurism

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adventurism

adventure entry 1 + -ism, in part after Russian avantjurizm

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The first known use of adventurism was in 1932

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17 Apr 2021

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“Adventurism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of adventurism

disapproving : an attitude or way of behaving that involves attempting to gain an advantage by doing things that are regarded as foolish or risky

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