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imperialism Line breaks: im¦peri¦al|ism
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɪərɪəlɪz(ə)m/

Definition of imperialism in English:


[mass noun]
1A policy of extending a country’s power and influence through colonization, use of military force, or other means: the struggle against imperialism figurative French ministers protested at US cultural imperialism
More example sentences
  • Many in the global south regard tourism as a new form of colonialism and cultural imperialism.
  • None of them offer an alternative to imperialism and neo-liberal policies.
  • One reason the old empires did crumble was the changing balance of forces in world imperialism.
1.1chiefly historical Rule by an emperor: in Russia, imperialism had developed alongside a semi-feudal agrarian structure



Pronunciation: /ɪmpɪərɪəˈlɪstɪk/
Example sentences
  • Poverty and unemployment are employed for the imperialistic policy of the war machine.
  • Add an imperialistic foreign policy and you can rest assured liberty is in its last days.
  • Yes, I feel we exploit other countries in an imperialistic fashion.


Pronunciation: /ɪmpɪərɪəˈlɪstɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • He even appreciates figures like George Curzon and Rudyard Kipling who may have been ‘imperialistically arrogant’ but were also ‘culturally humble.’
  • However if he had used these latter terms he could also be said to be imperialistically imposing Western categories on other cultures.
  • The general assumption of this discourse does not seem to be that globalization imperialistically promotes a specific set of so-called ‘universal’ ideas.

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