Definition of colonialism
1 : the quality or state of being colonial
2 : something characteristic of a colony
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.
colonialistplay \kə-ˈlō-nē-ə-list, -nyə-list\ noun or adjective
colonialisticplay \kə-ˌlō-nē-ə-ˈli-stik, -nyə-ˈli-\ adjective
Recent Examples of colonialism from the Web
A muddled mess caused in large part by colonialism.
Every night is a release of all these tensions that have accumulated throughout the day, throughout our lives, throughout hundreds of years of colonialism and racism.
Maps helped propel the depredations of colonialism, as Simon Garfield argues in On the Map.
But the notion that LGBTQ identities are a result of colonialism is an alternative fact; LGBTQ people have always existed on the continent.
European colonialism was a major force in hurting and erasing gender-variant people.
The show engages issues such as colonialism, migration, inequity, vernacular construction (of the sort that powers many Latin American urban centers) and the ways in which architecture can serve as a tool of the state.
In London and at the battlefront, Diana gets a crash course in humanity, from the ills (sexism, alcoholism, colonialism, racism, apathy) to the good (babies, snow, ice cream).
Since the first Africa Day more than half a century ago, the continent has tried to liberate itself from much more than colonialism.
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COLONIALISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of colonialism for English Language Learners
: control by one country over another area and its people
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