colonization

noun
col·​o·​ni·​za·​tion | \ ˌkä-lə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce colonization (audio) \

Definition of colonization

: an act or instance of colonizing

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Other Words from colonization

colonizationist \ ˌkä-​lə-​nə-​ˈzā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce colonizationist (audio) \ noun

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The colonization of silence has been going on for years. Christine Rosen, WSJ, "‘Silence’ Review: The Rest Is Noise," 25 Mar. 2019 Other times, his subjects wear both traditional regalia and Westernized fashion, as though to nod to the lingering influence of colonization. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "A New Exhibit Showcases the Groundbreaking Work of Late Indigenous Artist T. C. Cannon," 5 Apr. 2019 Many of those countries are in the global south, and most have long histories of colonization and detrimental influence in common. Christy Turlington Burns, Marie Claire, "Christy Turlington Burns' Immigration Story," 13 Aug. 2018 The organizers of these enterprises understood that profits came from extracting wealth produced by residents of distant places rather than from inextricably linking colonization and commerce. Peter C. Mancall, WSJ, "‘London’s Triumph’ and ‘New World, Inc.’ Review: New World, New Markets," 3 Aug. 2018 No one knows colonization better than the colonized, and black folks wasted no time in recolonizing Wakanda. Carvell Wallace, New York Times, "Why ‘Black Panther’ Is a Defining Moment for Black America," 12 Feb. 2018 It’s as though being black equates to having to struggle, especially when colonization comes into play. Carolyn Hinds, The Root, "Black Panther: An Allegory of the World Wanting Blackness but Not Black People," 2 Feb. 2018 The best books of this year told stories of interstellar colonization, of fantastic magical civilizations, optimistic alternate worlds, and devastating potential futures. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Many East Timorese say the refinery project is a symbol of their right to self-determination after hundreds of years of colonization. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Power Play: Tiny East Timor Bets Big on Oil and Gas," 13 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of colonization

1766, in the meaning defined above

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