in·​ter·​na·​tion·​al·​ism | \ ˌin-tər-ˈnash-nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce internationalism (audio) , -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 How to pronounce internationalist (audio) , -​ˈna-​shə-​nə-​list \ noun or adjective

Examples of internationalism in a Sentence

a proponent of economic internationalism

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Herbert Turner, a British astronomer, began the war as a cheerleader for scientific internationalism. The Economist, "How Einstein and Eddington stood against jingoism," 7 June 2019 Since his election in 2017, Mr. Macron has championed internationalism and pushed through extensive economic reforms. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "French Antigovernment Protesters March for Ninth Straight Weekend," 12 Jan. 2019 Seven decades of firm internationalism in the Republican Party finally have come to an end. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Trump’s Russia Remarks Were No Gaffe," 17 July 2018 Many leading Republicans have turned away from the robust internationalism propounded by Mr. McCain toward a more limited role for the U.S. advocated by President Trump. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "John McCain’s Death Leaves Foreign-Policy Void," 26 Aug. 2018 By shifting America’s stance away from the losing defense of legacy liberal internationalism that characterized the John Kerry years, the Trump disruption might, might point the way toward a more sustainable U.S. diplomatic approach. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "The Three Stages of Trump’s Foreign Policy," 19 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of internationalism

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of internationalism

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

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