Definition of "imperialism" []

  • The policy of extending a nation's authority by territorial acquisition or by the establishment of economic and political hegemony over other nations. (noun)
  • The system, policies, or practices of such a government. (noun)
  • The policy or practice of extending a state's rule over other territories (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An instance or policy of aggressive behaviour by one state against another (noun)
  • The extension or attempted extension of authority, influence, power, etc, by any person, country, institution, etc (noun)
  • A system of imperial government or rule by an emperor (noun)
  • The spirit, character, authority, etc, of an empire (noun)
  • Advocacy of or support for any form of imperialism (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "imperialism" in a sentence
  • "QUOTATION: The struggles waged by the different peoples against U.S. imperialism reinforce each other and merge into a torrential worldwide tide of opposition to U.S. imperialism…."
  • "Thus, the term imperialism draws attention to the way that one country exercises power over another, whether through settlement, sovereignty, or indirect mechanisms of control."
  • "The term imperialism often describes cases in which a foreign government administers a territory without significant settlement; typical examples include the scramble for Africa in the late nineteenth century and the American domination of the Philippines and Puerto Rico."