in·​ter·​na·​tion·​al·​ism | \ˌin-tər-ˈnash-nə-ˌli-zəm, -ˈna-shə-nə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of internationalism 

1 : international character, principles, interests, or outlook

2a : a policy of cooperation among nations

b : an attitude or belief favoring such a policy

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internationalist \ˌin-​tər-​ˈnash-​nə-​list, -​ˈna-​shə-​nə-​list \ noun or adjective

Examples of internationalism in a Sentence

a proponent of economic internationalism

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Since the rise of Donald Trump in 2016, much of the Republican Party has rejected Krauthammer’s brand of neoconservate internationalism. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Charles Krauthammer was a crucial New Republic voice for nearly a quarter century. RIP.," 22 June 2018 His embrace of internationalism, and cultural and musical diversity, also is reflected today at the Clearwater Festival, as curated and booked by Steve Lurie of Music Without Borders. Billboard, "Aboard the Clearwater: Five Decades of Environmental Activism Rooted In Music," 13 June 2018 This is in keeping with the contempt for internationalism that forms a core principle of Trump’s self-centered, jingoistic ideology, which the GOP has with few exceptions wholeheartedly embraced. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Credibility Problem Is Now America’s," 26 May 2018 Growing internationalism is not the only demographic shift behind the co-educational trend. The Economist, "England’s single-sex schools are struggling to recruit pupils," 28 Apr. 2018 So the real story of the Republican resignations is that the GOP is losing some of its last few members who believe in thoughtful (if conservative) internationalism, trusting in diplomacy, arms-control deals, and alliances like NATO. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "America’s Disappearing Foreign Policy," 27 Mar. 2018 New leaders may be capable of delivering policies that could restore faith in internationalism. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "The Post-World War II Order Is Under Assault From the Powers That Built It," 26 Mar. 2018 In many cases, Trumpism is more popular than Democratic signature issues such as tax hikes, larger government, more entitlements, open borders, more identity politics, and European Union–like internationalism. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "A Year of Achievement," 7 Feb. 2018 What’s missing from the conversation is defenders of liberal internationalism, of the type that Obama articulated, which would seek security not in nuclear intimidation or nationalism but through international alliances and treaties. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "The Rising Risk of Nuclear War Under Trump," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of internationalism

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: the belief that it is good for different countries to work together

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