What does imperialism mean?

Definitions for imperialismɪmˈpɪər i əˌlɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. imperialism(noun)

    a policy of extending your rule over foreign countries

  2. imperialism(noun)

    a political orientation that advocates imperial interests

  3. imperialism(noun)

    any instance of aggressive extension of authority


  1. Imperialism(n.)

    The policy, practice, or advocacy of seeking, or acquiescing in, the extension of the control, dominion, or empire of a nation, as by the acquirement of new, esp. distant, territory or dependencies, or by the closer union of parts more or less independent of each other for operations of war, copyright, internal commerce, etc. The practise of building or extending an empire.


  1. imperialism(Noun)

    The policy of forcefully extending a nation's authority by territorial gain or by the establishment of economic and political dominance over other nations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imperialism(noun)

    the power or character of an emperor; imperial authority; the spirit of empire


  1. Imperialism

    Imperialism, as defined by the Dictionary of Human Geography, is "an unequal human and territorial relationship, usually in the form of an empire, based on ideas of superiority and practices of dominance, and involving the extension of authority and control of one state or people over another." It is often considered in a negative light, as merely the exploitation of native people in order to enrich a small handful. Lewis Samuel Feuer identifies two major subtypes of imperialism; the first is the "regressive imperialism" identified with pure conquest, unequivocal exploitation, extermination or reductions of undesired peoples, and settlement of desired peoples into those territories, examples being Nazi Germany. The second type identified by Feuer is "progressive imperialism" that is founded upon a cosmopolitan view of humanity, that promotes the spread of civilization to allegedly "backward" societies to elevate living standards and culture in conquered territories, and allowance of a conquered people to assimilate into the imperial society, examples being the Roman Empire and the British Empire. The term as such primarily has been applied to Western political and economic dominance in the 19th and 20th centuries. Some writers, such as Edward Said, use the term more broadly to describe any system of domination and subordination organized with an imperial center and a periphery. According to the Marxist historian, Walter Rodney, imperialism meant capitalist expansion. It meant that European capitalists were forced by the internal logic of their competitive system to seek abroad in less developed countries opportunities to control raw material, to find markets, and to find profitable fields of investment.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Imperialism

    the name given by English politicians to the policy which aims at the consolidation into one empire of all the colonies and dependencies along with the mother-country.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. imperialism

    Tyranny, hiding behind the sacred name of Humanity.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of imperialism in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of imperialism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ernesto "Che" Guevara:

    ...because it is the very nature of Imperialism to turn humans into beasts.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    The only acceptable imperialism is the Imperialism of the Forest! Let the whole world are invaded by the tree-soldiers!

  3. Geoff Thale:

    Venezuela has successfully played the history of U.S. imperialism and U.S. heavy-handedness cards, in a way that has made people want to back away from public criticism.

  4. Louis Moore:

    At best its just a bad mistake, at worst it's a continuation of global imperialism in sport, it's about appropriation, power and not caring about history. You'd hope they find another national song.

  5. Franklin D. Roosevelt:

    Perfectionism, no less than isolationism or imperialism or power politics, may obstruct the paths to international peace. Let us not forget that the retreat to isolationism a quarter of a century ago was started not by a direct attack against international cooperation but against the alleged imperfections of the peace.

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