ex·​pan·​sion·​ism ik-ˈspan(t)-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce expansionism (audio)
: a policy or practice of expansion and especially of territorial expansion by a nation
expansionist noun
expansionist adjective
or less commonly expansionistic

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That infuriated countries in Northern and Eastern Europe that feel more exposed to Russian expansionism: Poland, the Baltic countries and others argued that a cease-fire that left Moscow occupying 20% of Ukraine would reward its aggression. Marcus Walker, WSJ, 23 Aug. 2022 Shinzo Abe was born in Tokyo on Sept. 21, 1954, to a family deeply involved in Japan’s postwar politics and carrying the burden of connections to the former imperial rule and its militaristic expansionism. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 Xi has steered the Party toward a nationalism resembling that of 19th-century European powers — and their attendant expansionism, said Chiu Chui-cheng, a deputy minister in Taiwan’s Mainland ... Jimmy Quinn, National Review, 28 Sep. 2022 Putin’s war of aggression in Ukraine is a sign of the imperial expansionism that has defined the Russian state for so much of its history. Orlando Figes, Time, 30 Sep. 2022 But with the Chinese Communist Party heading into a historic political gathering next month, where Xi Jinping is expected to consolidate power, one of Taiwan’s top officials is sounding the alarm about Chinese expansionism. Jimmy Quinn, National Review, 28 Sep. 2022 But the goal of violent expansionism that Russia’s current leader, Vladimir Putin, seems to be pursuing is a particularly stark example of the difference between the two leaders. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 1 Sep. 2022 Does the Russian expansionism put NATO allies at risk as well as non-alliance member Ukraine, especially in the Baltic states and in former Warsaw Pact nations? Stephen Collinson, CNN, 19 Jan. 2022 There’s a giddy embrace of chaos that used to define the downtown scene but has mostly been absent lately, zapped by self-conscious appraisals of taste and smoothed over by the uniform gloss of social media and expansionism. New York Times, 20 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of expansionism was in 1899

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“Expansionism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expansionism. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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