in·​ter·​na·​tion·​al·​ism ˌin-tər-ˈna-sh(ə-)nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce internationalism (audio)
: international character, principles, interests, or outlook
: a policy of cooperation among nations
: an attitude or belief favoring such a policy
internationalist noun or adjective

Examples of internationalism in a Sentence

a proponent of economic internationalism
Recent Examples on the Web Carmel’s menu is meant to reflect Tel Aviv’s internationalism. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2024 These dynamics have affected Republicans far more than Democrats, thanks to Trump’s capture of the GOP and his delegitimization of its traditional internationalism, as well as right-wing media pressure to take oppositional stances and avoid policy debates. Elizabeth N. Saunders, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Traditional conservative internationalism remains the best way to protect U.S. national security and steward the economy. Kori Schake, Foreign Affairs, 4 Dec. 2023 These globalizing changes produce wealth and internationalism. TIME, 18 Mar. 2024 That historic tension between go-it-alone nationalism and broad-coalition internationalism has played out in stark form in the last week. Peter Baker, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 The international relations scholar Emma Ashford sees Trump’s moves as part of a longer shift in the orientation of the U.S. foreign policy establishment from the liberal internationalism of the 1990s to a contemporary fixation on great-power rivalry. Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 But perhaps the most startling and encouraging evidence of the academy’s growing internationalism could be found in another area of the nominations altogether. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Just when cooperation seems most needed, many world leaders have been turning away from the internationalism that the U.N. embodies. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of internationalism was in 1843

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Cite this Entry

“Internationalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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in·​ter·​na·​tion·​al·​ism ˌint-ər-ˈnash-nəl-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce internationalism (audio)
: a policy of cooperation among nations or an attitude favoring such a policy
internationalist noun or adjective

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