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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Other Words from internationalism

internationalist \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈnash-​nə-​list How to pronounce internationalism (audio) , -​ˈna-​shə-​nə-​list \ noun or adjective

Examples of internationalism in a Sentence

a proponent of economic internationalism
Recent Examples on the Web Einstein hoped that internationalism, rather, might pave the way for a more just and peaceful world. Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, "One Hundred Years Ago, Einstein Was Given a Hero’s Welcome by America’s Jews," 2 Apr. 2021 The existence of the organization confirmed their belief that increasing internationalism represented one more step on the road to Antichrist rule. Matthew Avery Sutton, The New Republic, "The Capitol Riot Revealed the Darkest Nightmares of White Evangelical America," 14 Jan. 2021 For violence and repression and exploitation, internationalism is the antidote, always. Vinson Cunningham, Los Angeles Times, "The future of L.A. is here. Robin D.G. Kelley’s radical imagination shows us the way," 17 Mar. 2021 Here the ayatollahs’ internationalism seems untouched by Islamist ideology. Washington Post, "America and Iran, from fascination to antagonism," 26 Feb. 2021 Global worker solidarity, robust climate internationalism, and other policies are part of that path. Felipe De La Hoz, The New Republic, "Post-Work Migration and the End of America," 12 Jan. 2021 If that’s high-minded patriotism, give me internationalism any day. New York Times, "Bifurcating Realities, Joseph P. Kennedy and Other Letters to the Editor," 31 Dec. 2020 Buckley helped define American conservatism as a movement that supported free-market economics and internationalism and welcomed serious intellectuals, including former Communists such as James Burnham, Frank Meyer, and Whittaker Chambers. Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker, "The Republican Identity Crisis After Trump," 23 Oct. 2020 This gallery, focusing on Pop Art, is far less discombobulated than its previous iteration, corroborating more convincingly the internationalism that is a recurring subtext on this floor. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "The Word at MoMA Is ‘Rotation, Rotation, Rotation’," 12 Nov. 2020

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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 14 May. 2021.

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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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