ex·​pan·​sion·​ism | \ ik-ˈspan(t)-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce expansionism (audio) \

Definition of expansionism

: a policy or practice of expansion and especially of territorial expansion by a nation

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expansionist \ ik-​ˈspan(t)-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce expansionist (audio) \ noun
expansionist or less commonly expansionistic \ ik-​ˌspan(t)-​shə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce expansionistic (audio) \ adjective

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The linchpins of the effort are Israel and Saudi Arabia, which share a fear of Iranian expansionism and are the closest U.S. allies in the region. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Will Netanyahu Go to Riyadh?," 6 Jan. 2019 Such news might once have fueled talk about Chinese expansionism. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "HSBC Gets Owned by Its Former Pupil," 6 Nov. 2018 Two years later, we're asked to believe that this was some secret Russian plot to revive the American economy and rebuild the U.S. military and strengthen Ukraine to resist Russian expansionism. Fox News, "Rep. Bob Goodlate: Page FISA documents show serious FBI problems," 22 July 2018 Still, Russian expansionism is not all about Mr. Putin and his personal ambitions. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Russia’s Turn to Its Asian Past," 6 July 2018 Fascinatingly, Kennan was uncomfortable with the degree to which, during the hard slog of getting congressional approval for the Marshall Plan, the Truman administration stressed the threat of Soviet Communist expansionism. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "US-Europe ties and the audacity of July 1948," 9 July 2018 It was signed in 1949 in an effort to contain Soviet expansionism after World War II. Alex Ward, Vox, "NATO Summit 2018: Trump meets with world leaders in Brussels," 28 June 2018 But the Israelis, the Gulf states, and now Trump believed the opposite—that Iran was the principal enemy in the region and that the nuclear pact showed weakness, and only fuelled Iranian expansionism. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s New World Order," 11 June 2018 That has led Ankara to recalibrate its focus toward halting Kurdish expansionism. Washington Post, "AP Explains: What’s next after Turkey seizes Syria’s Afrin," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of expansionism

1899, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of expansionism

: the belief that a country should grow larger : a policy of increasing a country's size by expanding its territory

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