: economic planning and control by the state
di-ri-ˈzhēst How to pronounce dirigisme (audio)

Examples of dirigisme in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hitch is that in trying to emulate Macron’s penchant for dirigisme (France already owns 14 percent of the Franco-Dutch airline), the Netherlands will probably end up butting heads with him too. Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2019 Historically a French hobby-horse, dirigisme has found favour with German policymakers. The Economist, 31 Aug. 2019 Yet Mr Macron has a more subtle and radical goal than old-style dirigisme The Economist, 30 Sep. 2017

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Word History


French, from diriger to direct (from Latin dirigere) + -isme -ism

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dirigisme was in 1947

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“Dirigisme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirigisme. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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