colonialism

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noun co·lo·nial·ism \kə-ˈlō-nē-ə-ˌli-zəm, -nyə-ˌli-\

Definition of colonialism

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being colonial

  2. 2 :  something characteristic of a colony

  3. 3a :  control by one power over a dependent area or people the colonialism of the British Empireb :  a policy advocating or based on such control Colonialism was brought to an end in the country.

colonialist

play \kə-ˈlō-nē-ə-list, -nyə-list\ noun or adjective

colonialistic

play \kə-ˌlō-nē-ə-ˈli-stik, -nyə-ˈli-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of colonialism

see colony


First Known Use: 1864


COLONIALISM Defined for English Language Learners

colonialism

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noun co·lo·nial·ism \kə-ˈlō-nē-ə-ˌli-zəm, -nyə-ˌli-\

Definition of colonialism for English Language Learners

  • : control by one country over another area and its people



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