expansionism

noun
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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Other Words from expansionism

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

Examples of expansionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has rarely criticized China for its expansionism in the South China Sea. BostonGlobe.com, 27 July 2021 On Friday, the president convened a virtual meeting with the Quad, a strategic partnership including Japan, India and Australia that seeks to counter Chinese expansionism. Alex Leary, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2021 Even in the early Lichtenstein, the interpretive problem is present: Are those paintings of battle scenes and cowboys and Indians indictments of American expansionism? The New Yorker, 21 July 2021 Once the threat of Communist expansionism faded, American administrations worried more about instability creating crises for the United States, like a surge of migrants streaming toward its shores or the rise of violent extremism. New York Times, 18 July 2021 Once the threat of Communist expansionism faded, U.S. administrations worried more about instability creating crises for the United States, like a surge of migrants streaming toward its shores or the rise of violent extremism. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 However, these extremes of the political spectrum come together in a reality of oppression, exploitation and at times dangerous expansionism. Arthur I. Cyr, chicagotribune.com, 8 July 2021 Photographers who had been largely forgotten were now regarded as pioneers of the medium, their works not only serving as documents of the time but ones that underscored the complicated history of American expansionism. Danielle Avram, Dallas News, 29 June 2021 Ho had worked with the United States against Japan in World War II, but, in the Cold War, Washington recast him as the stalking horse for Soviet expansionism. New York Times, 9 June 2021

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First Known Use of expansionism

1899, in the meaning defined above

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16 Aug 2021

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“Expansionism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expansionism. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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expansionism

noun

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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