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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True, expansionism has won just about every time, but there is still room to fight. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Colonizers Have Turned Their Eyes to Greenland," 16 Aug. 2019 Greatly concerned about China’s economic and diplomatic expansionism in the Indo-Pacific, India has turned to the U.S for support. Paula J. Dobriansky, WSJ, "India Can Become a Key U.S. Partner," 20 Aug. 2018 Between brutal civil wars, violent extremism, spreading autocracy, rising inequality, territorial expansionism, election interference, and nuclear proliferation, our policymakers have their hands full. Joe Sestak, Fortune, "Joe Sestak: Why America Needs an Accountable President Again," 16 July 2019 And this is coupled with a deeply American fear that our consumerism can be used against us should the people who make our products overseas finally get fed up with sweat-shop labor in the service of U.S. expansionism. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Child's Play' Builds on the Legacy of Horror Remakes," 23 June 2019 China tries to frame the freedom-of-navigation operations as driven by U.S. expansionism. Jonas Parello-plesner, WSJ, "The French Navy Stands Up to China," 7 June 2018 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

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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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