in·​ter·​na·​tion·​al·​ism | \ ˌin-tər-ˈna-sh(ə-)nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce internationalism (audio) \

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

Other Words from internationalism

internationalist \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈna-​sh(ə-​)nə-​list How to pronounce internationalism (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of internationalism in a Sentence

a proponent of economic internationalism
Recent Examples on the Web But anti-communist internationalism on the right also helps explain Reagan’s comparatively genial stance on immigration. Kim Phillips-fein, The Atlantic, 6 Sep. 2022 But the division also reveals something much more important: a powerful insurgency aimed at upending the GOP’s long-standing commitment to militarized internationalism. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 13 June 2022 The book is a wide-ranging history of the idea of the frontier in the American consciousness—from westward expansion to 19th-century imperialism to Cold War internationalism. The Editors, Outside Online, 4 June 2021 Liberal internationalism was certainly far from perfect. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 18 Mar. 2022 The Soviet Union may have laid ideological claim to Marxist internationalism and anti-colonialism, but in fact, Soviet policy often drove a wedge between members of different ethnic groups. Amelia Glaser, CNN, 26 Mar. 2022 With the bipartisan support of key Republicans such as Sen. Arthur Vandenberg of Michigan, Truman was able to forge ahead with his vision of liberal internationalism. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 18 Mar. 2022 Liberal internationalism offered a powerful model for handling threats overseas. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 18 Mar. 2022 The Saudi bungle highlights the failure of Mr. Biden’s brand of righteous liberal internationalism. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 Oct. 2022.

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