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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But in recent years the portion of the new class that subscribes to the old liberal internationalism has receded into the background. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Guns and the ‘New Class’," 10 Aug. 2019 Cohn embraced economic internationalism, while Trump, who planned to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports at the time of Cohn’s departure, doubled down on economic nationalism. Rachel Siegel,, "Former top economic adviser Gary Cohn says Trump’s trade war is hurting the US economy," 1 Aug. 2019 Cold War liberal internationalism Menendez and Engel adhere to still dominates the Democratic Party. Tyler Bellstrom, The New Republic, "The Biggest Barrier to a Leftist Foreign Policy: Democrats," 11 June 2019 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

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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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