What does colonialism mean?

Definitions for colonialismkəˈloʊ ni əˌlɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. colonialism(noun)

    exploitation by a stronger country of weaker one; the use of the weaker country's resources to strengthen and enrich the stronger country


  1. Colonialism(n.)

    the political or ideological system of beliefs advocating or justifying colonial control of one nation over another nation, territory, or people.

  2. Colonialism(n.)

    The colonial system of political government or extension of territory, by which one nation exerts political control over another nation, territory, or people, maintaining the colony in a state of dependence, its inhabitants not having the same full rights as those of the colonial power. The controlling power is typically extended thus by military force or the threat of force.


  1. colonialism(Noun)

    The colonial domination policy pursued by the powers of Europe, from the second half of the XIX century to the years following World War II. A colonial system.

  2. colonialism(Noun)

    A colonial linguistic expression. Term or expression of colonial origin entered in a language.

  3. colonialism(Noun)

    Colonial life.


  1. Colonialism

    Colonialism is the establishment, exploitation, maintenance, acquisition and expansion of colonies in one territory by people from another territory. It is a set of unequal relationships between the colonial power and the colony and between the colonists and the indigenous population. The European colonial period was the era from the 1500s to the mid-1900s when several European powers established colonies in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. At first the countries followed mercantilist policies designed to strengthen the home economy at the expense of rivals, so the colonies were usually allowed to trade only with the mother country. By the mid-19th century, however, the powerful British Empire gave up mercantilism and trade restrictions and introduced the principle of free trade, with few restrictions or tariffs.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Colonialism

    The aggregate of various economic, political, and social policies by which an imperial power maintains or extends its control over other areas or peoples. It includes the practice of or belief in acquiring and retaining colonies. The emphasis is less on its identity as an ideological political system than on its designation in a period of history. (Webster, 3d ed; from Dr. J. Cassedy, NLM History of Medicine Division)


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of colonialism in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of colonialism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Giuliani Giuliani:

    This isn't racism. This is socialism or possibly anti-colonialism.

  2. Giuliani Giuliani:

    I thought that was a joke, since (Obama) was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, this isn't racism. This is socialism or possibly anti-colonialism.

  3. Zimbabwe Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe:

    The issue of salary delays is a temporary problem. It's not a reason for teachers, doctors and nurses to go on strike. Most of them don't understand where we have come from during times of colonialism.

  4. The University of Oregon:

    The paper is simply impossible to read with a straight face. It employs liberal buzzwords -- colonialism, marginalization, masculinist discourses, etc. -- with such frequency that the entire thing comes off like a joke.

  5. Olin Tezcatlipoca:

    Our protest is to tell the Pope that by canonizing Junipero Serra, they want to canonize colonialism, they want to canonize white supremacy and they want to canonize the genocide of our people. And that is an immoral act.

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