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 \ -​ˈven-​ch(ə-​)rist How to pronounce adventurist (audio) \ noun
adventuristic \ -​ˌven-​chə-​ˈris-​tik How to pronounce adventuristic (audio) \ adjective

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By pulling out of Syria, Mr. Trump is missing a chance to impose military costs on Iran’s adventurism. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Syria-Iran Retreat," 19 Dec. 2018 Iranian leaders use oil money to line their own pockets and fund destructive foreign adventurism rather than address their people’s needs. Rick Perry, WSJ, "The World Can Live Without Iranian Oil," 4 Nov. 2018 Finally, Russia must be told that further military adventurism will lead to its expulsion from the Swift banking system. Adrian Karatnycky, WSJ, "Ukraine Is Moscow’s Guinea Pig," 28 Nov. 2018 China’s dependence on American spending and technology limits diplomatic and military adventurism. The Economist, "Sino-American interdependence has been a force for geopolitical stability," 23 June 2018 One faction of the magazine, led by Hertzberg, was robustly social democratic and distrustful of military adventurism. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Charles Krauthammer was a crucial New Republic voice for nearly a quarter century. RIP.," 22 June 2018 In Asia, the fraying of America’s nuclear umbrella could encourage China to increase its military adventurism in the South China Sea. Mark Landler, New York Times, "For Trump, Power and Values Matter Less Than Dollars and Cents," 13 June 2018 More Saturday Essays Raising the price of Iran’s international adventurism at a time of domestic economic hardship would force the regime to make difficult choices. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Trump’s Iran Gambit," 8 June 2018 Bolton and Trump should be an odd pairing, given that Trump campaigned as an isolationist and has expressed nothing but contempt for U.S. military adventurism in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tina Nguyen, The Hive, "“Screw Nation Building”: Why the Trump Base Loves John Bolton," 5 Apr. 2018

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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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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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