colonialism

noun
co·​lo·​nial·​ism | \ kə-ˈlō-nē-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce colonialism (audio) , -nyə-ˌli-\

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 Empire
b : a policy advocating or based on such control Colonialism was brought to an end in the country.

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Other Words from colonialism

colonialist \ kə-​ˈlō-​nē-​ə-​list How to pronounce colonialist (audio) , -​nyə-​list \ noun or adjective
colonialistic \ kə-​ˌlō-​nē-​ə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce colonialistic (audio) , -​nyə-​ˈli-​ \ adjective

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As time passed and cultures became less nomadic, war and colonialism began to fuel migrations, too. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Human migration sparked by wars, disasters, and now climate," 12 June 2019 During the twilight days of British colonialism in Myanmar, Aung San, Ms. Suu Kyi’s father, fled Myanmar and formed the Burma Independence Army, which was armed and trained by the Japanese to fight against British rule. Jon Emont, WSJ, "Myanmar Courts Asian Powers Wary of China’s Sway," 4 Oct. 2018 While both countries experienced mass immigration, immigration to the United States has featured much more non-European migrants (until, roughly, the end of colonialism in the mid-20th century). Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Trevor Noah’s feud with France over race, identity, and Africa — explained," 19 July 2018 Tackling the lingering influence of colonialism in science is much needed. Rohan Deb Roy, Smithsonian, "Science Still Bears the Fingerprints of Colonialism," 10 Apr. 2018 Cultural critics have variously found vampires to be walking reproaches to colonialism, capitalism, sexism, technological hubris and anything else gnawing on the conscience of the zeitgeist. Daniel Akst, WSJ, "‘The Vampire’ Review: Creatures Made for Haunting," 30 Oct. 2018 In the shadow of the Darran Mountains, an ensemble of Kiwis, Americans, Canadians, Aussies and Brits had a lively discussion about their respective relationships to British colonialism. New York Times, "At New Zealand Trail Huts, Shelter, Conversation and Community," 14 Feb. 2018 This patriarchal vision of society was reinforced during colonialism, under German and Belgian rule until Independence in 1961, in particular under the influence of the Catholic Church. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 The passage of time and the disintegration of those empires has for the most part scrubbed the safari ensemble of its taint of colonialism. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "Why ‘Safari’ Style is No Longer Politically Correct," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of colonialism

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for colonialism

see colony

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The first known use of colonialism was in 1864

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colonialism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of colonialism

: control by one country over another area and its people

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