Definition of imperialism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɪəriəlɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɪriəlɪzəm//
    [uncountable] (usually disapproving) International relations, Political views and systems
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  1. 1a system in which one country controls other countries, often after defeating them in a war Roman imperialism Wordfindercapitalism, communism, democracy, dictatorship, fascism, imperialism, liberal, radical, socialism, system See related entries: Political views and systems
  2. 2the fact of a powerful country increasing its influence over other countries through business, culture, etc. cultural/economic imperialism See related entries: International relations
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