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 adventurist (audio) \ noun
adventuristic \ əd-​ˌven-​chə-​ˈri-​stik How to pronounce adventuristic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of adventurism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ability to spend beyond its means has enabled the U.S. to fund its impressive military might, whether one views that power as the fountainhead of Pax Americana or the source of illegitimate military adventurism. Joshua Zoffer, The New Republic, "To End Forever War, Keep the Dollar Globally Dominant," 3 Feb. 2020 The latest outbreak — the scope of which is still unfolding — has led to calls inside and outside of China for better regulations or even an end to this kind of culinary adventurism. Steven Lee Myers,, "In Chinese markets packed with wildlife, a stew of emerging viruses," 25 Jan. 2020 In Russia, Putin's adventurism is bearing bad fruit. Shay Khatiri, TheWeek, "America is doing so much better than you think," 2 Feb. 2020 Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster. Anton Troianovski,, "Furor in Iran and abroad after Tehran admits downing Ukrainian jetliner," 11 Jan. 2020 In his view, decades of overseas military adventurism has only cost the country enormous blood and treasure, and waiting for deals would prolong a national disaster. Peter Baker, New York Times, "For Trump the Dealmaker, Troop Pullouts Without Much in Return," 21 Oct. 2019 Japan, since 2013, has embarked on a bold program of monetary adventurism to beat back deflationary expectations, engineer low or negative real interest rates and coax employers to invest more and raise wages. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Aging Singapore Tries to Avoid the Japan Trap," 19 Feb. 2019 This is meant to deter Chinese adventurism and is a welcome change from Barack Obama’s appeals to Beijing’s better angels. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "How China Treats a Friend," 19 June 2019 When the pact destroyed fragile alliances and encouraged German adventurism, war was certain. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The German–Soviet Non-Aggression Pact: A Bad Deal, 80 Years Ago," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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3 Mar 2020

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“Adventurism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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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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