in·​ter·​ven·​tion·​ism | \ ˌin-tər-ˈven(t)-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce interventionism (audio) \

Definition of interventionism

: the theory or practice of intervening specifically : governmental interference in economic affairs at home or in political affairs of another country

Other Words from interventionism

interventionist \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈvench-​nist How to pronounce interventionism (audio) , -​ˈven(t)-​shə-​nist \ noun or adjective

Examples of interventionism in a Sentence

a proponent of aggressive economic interventionism
Recent Examples on the Web After more than a century of political corruption, U.S. interventionism, and fascist military rule, the rights of women and girls have been strategically and effectively abolished. Jessica Hoppe,, 31 May 2022 While the two sides often differed in their approach, both opposed the militarism and reflexive interventionism that reigned in Washington, D.C. following the Cold War. Blaise Malley, The New Republic, 26 Apr. 2022 As the American conservative movement increasingly embraces populist, anti-immigrant policies and language, many have looked to Orban’s style of governing and interventionism in the areas of culture, education, and the media as a guidepost., 19 May 2022 The global war on terror made U.S. interventionism and promotion of freedom around the world unpopular at home and abroad. Shay Khatiri, The Week, 26 Mar. 2022 By Friday morning, talk of interventionism was verboten. Laura Jedeed, The New Republic, 26 Feb. 2022 In Washington, there still remains no consensus on whether the real problem was interventionism run amuck in the 2000s and 2010s or neglect of terrorism in the 1990s. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 31 Aug. 2021 Proponents of Middle Eastern regimes will argue that the growing gap between the region's leadership and its people is a lesser danger to states than the risk posed by clumsy Western interventionism. Frederik Pleitgen, CNN, 5 Aug. 2021 Disillusion with the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars has also dampened public support in Britain for interventionism and fueled fierce opposition on both the populist right and the socialist left. David A. Cowan, National Review, 20 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of interventionism

1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Interventionism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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