neo·​co·​lo·​nial·​ism | \ ˌnē-ō-kə-ˈlōn-yə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce neocolonialism (audio) , -ˈlō-nē-ə-ˌli- \

Definition of neocolonialism

: the economic and political policies by which a great power indirectly maintains or extends its influence over other areas or people … wary opponents of neocolonialism are scrupulous about keeping their nonaligned credentials intact.The Economist

Other Words from neocolonialism

neocolonial \ ˌnē-​ō-​kə-​ˈlōn-​yəl How to pronounce neocolonialism (audio) , -​ˈlō-​nē-​əl \ adjective
neocolonialist \ ˌnē-​ō-​kə-​ˈlōn-​yə-​list How to pronounce neocolonialism (audio) , -​ˈlō-​nē-​ə-​list \ noun or adjective

Examples of neocolonialism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The title track is a rousing seven-and-a-half-minute broadside against neocolonialism in Niger. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2021 What Far Cry 6 serves up is neocolonialism and cultural appropriation—with a wink. Phillip Penix-tadsen, Wired, 9 Oct. 2021 The complex topic of skin tone matters prevails in the context of professional opportunities and social hierarchy and has further complicated issues stemming from neocolonialism. Kang-chun Cheng, Quartz, 11 Aug. 2021 China’s ever-expanding footprint on the continent has provoked frequent complaints of neocolonialism. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2019 Reid says Jay-Z and the NFL, just like Malcolm Jenkins and the Players Coalition before this, have engaged in neocolonialism. Jonathan Jones,, 21 Aug. 2019 The Danish involvement has caused friction with Greenlandic leaders, who have denounced it as neocolonialism. Martin Selsoe Sorensen,, 16 Aug. 2019 What Facebook saw as beneficence, Indians saw as neocolonialism. Christopher Mims, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of neocolonialism

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neocolonialism

neo- + colonialism

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“Neocolonialism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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