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
Recent Examples on the Web But while Cuban doctors have been welcomed from Andorra to Togo, the country’s medical internationalism has been condemned by the Trump administration. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 15 May 2020 This tension between nationalism and internationalism was illustrated at a virtual summit hosted by the European Union last week. NBC News, "Wave of 'vaccine nationalism' hinders global efforts to halt coronavirus," 16 May 2020 The leaders who turned their countries around, such as Deng Xiaoping in China and Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore, planted the seeds of knowledge, internationalism and order in their societies. The Economist, "The world after covid-19 By invitation: Kishore Mahbubani," 20 Apr. 2020 The two worked closely together in those years, with Moore emphasizing to Malcolm the significance of Pan-Africanism and internationalism in the struggle for black freedom. Keisha N. Blain, Time, "These Overlooked Black Women Shaped Malcolm X's Life," 24 Feb. 2020 But surveys also indicate that support for internationalism is broad, but shallow — while voters on the left and right who want to bring troops home often feel passionately about the subject. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Foreign policy is on the 2020 ballot, right alongside Trump," 20 Oct. 2019 Dueck rather sees the change coming two decades later, with our entry into World War I and the emergence of a Wilsonian liberal internationalism that soon became the dominant foreign-policy orientation of 20th- and early-21st-century America. Michael Auslin, National Review, "Colin Dueck Makes the Case for Conservative Nationalism," 5 Nov. 2019 Dueck sees Trump’s foreign policy — conservative nationalism — as a more balanced synthesis of the three tendencies, especially elevating nationalism relative to conservative internationalism. Mario Loyola, National Review, "Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump," 5 Dec. 2019 Their enriching, symbiotic internationalism led to the creation of artistic masterpieces that stand among Western civilization’s highest achievements. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "A welcome reminder that there’s value to being a citizen of the world," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of internationalism

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Internationalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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

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