in·​dus·​tri·​al·​ism | \ in-ˈdə-strē-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce industrialism (audio) \

Definition of industrialism

: social organization in which industries and especially large-scale industries are dominant

Examples of industrialism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That changed during the early nineteenth century, when booming industrialism called for new specialists, and inequalities intensified across explosive growth. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 Fortune shows the prevalence of industrialism in Texas and, even more intensely, its proximity to human life. Wired Photo Department, Wired, 21 Dec. 2021 This is a city at the intersection of minimalism and maximalism, of industrialism and colonialism, of modernity and history. Natalie Stoclet, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 It’s there in his approach to the fortress on Arrakis, which calls to mind the futurist industrialism of Syd Mead’s Blade Runner landscape, only seen by day, with a lot more dust. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 20 Oct. 2021 The two American brands teamed up to create a modern, urban collection that exudes warm industrialism: think black, white, and gold Moroccan shag rugs, walnut wood desks, and tawny leather couches. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 20 Sep. 2021 Sherrell does not offer statistics to support his assertions about the environmental impact of industrialism, colonialism and capitalism. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 In their own ways, each company has grown to become modern symbols of American industrialism and down-to-earth luxury. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 3 Aug. 2021 The poems address race, labor, industrialism, the region’s indigenous people, and the powerful interplay — sometimes cruel, sometimes nurturing — of people on the environment and the environment on the people., 3 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of industrialism

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Industrialism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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