di·​ri·​gisme | \ di-ri-ˈzhi-zᵊm How to pronounce dirigisme (audio) , dē-rē-ˈzhēs-mᵊ How to pronounce dirigisme (audio) \

Definition of dirigisme

: economic planning and control by the state

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Other Words from dirigisme

dirigiste \ di-​ri-​ˈzhēst How to pronounce dirigiste (audio) , dē-​rē-​ \ adjective

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, "Macron-Style Capitalism Is Taking Over in Europe," 28 Feb. 2019 Historically a French hobby-horse, dirigisme has found favour with German policymakers. The Economist, "The Europeans want their own Vision Fund to invest in tech," 31 Aug. 2019 Yet Mr Macron has a more subtle and radical goal than old-style dirigisme The Economist, "Running EuropeThe spotlight shifts from Germany to France," 30 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of dirigisme

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dirigisme

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

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“Dirigisme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirigisme. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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