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

Examples of expansionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But a geostrategic shift to the advantage of China’s authoritarian expansionism would harm the world for decades to come. Jaushieh Joseph Wu, Foreign Affairs, 9 May 2024 Through Lê’s lens, the arid California landscape evokes the nationalism of both American expansionism as well as Hollywood’s reenactments of wars abroad. Dan Q. Dao, CNN, 29 Feb. 2024 Nor did the candidates attempt to justify Vladimir Putin’s war of expansionism and conquest in Ukraine. Noah Rothman, National Review, 13 Feb. 2024 If Ukraine wins, Russia’s expansionism will be halted. David Harsanyi, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Russian President Vladimir Putin spent the first 30 minutes of his two-hour interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson giving a revisionist historical tirade on the founding myths of Russia and Ukraine, the breakup of the Soviet Union and NATO expansionism. Francesca Ebel, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 Thus, the logic of Moscow’s intention to press its campaign of territorial expansionism into Europe was laid bare. Noah Rothman, National Review, 9 Feb. 2024 Soccer, in their reading, became an indicator of American cultural expansionism. Rory Smith, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2023 Despite concerns over repression and accelerating autocracy, the Biden administration has been actively courting Modi, hoping that India can help contain Chinese expansionism in the Indo-Pacific region. Joseph Menn, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2023

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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 16 Jun. 2024.

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