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

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Recent Examples on the Web Under both capitalism and socialism, industrialism was celebrated as bringing modernity and progress, worth the decades of struggle, upheaval, and violence. David Sessions, The New Republic, "The Meaning of American Factories," 2 Apr. 2018 At the center of this fractured saga, whose companion pieces will touch on American utopianism and the birth of 20th-century industrialism, is the eponymous Lydie Breeze. Julia M. Klein,, "'Cold Harbor' at EgoPo: Long, messy 'Lydie Breeze' slog begins the John Guare Festival," 4 Feb. 2018 Confederates boasted that their antebellum culture was more romantic, natural, pristine, healthy and moral than was the bustle, grime and hyper-capitalism of Northern industrialism. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: California mirrors the Confederacy in its independence rationale and its decline," 9 Feb. 2017 In Pursuit of the Object, at a Proper Distance presents a monument of industrialism as a metaphor for an overwhelming problem. Jakob Schiller, WIRED, "Smokestack Photos Make Pollution Look Strangely Beautiful," 6 Mar. 2015 The Liberal Party’s drive to separate church and state had become viable, as industrialism, nationalism, and secularism rose to prominence. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Nomad Who’s Exploding the Internet Into Pieces," 22 May 2017

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1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Industrialism.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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: a social system in which industry and factories are the basis of a country's economy

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