Definition of imperialism in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A 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’
    • ‘And throughout his life he opposed British imperialism, denouncing British rule in India.’
    • ‘One reason the old empires did crumble was the changing balance of forces in world imperialism.’
    • ‘Western imperialism is much more thorough than that.’
    • ‘Most other non-Western political systems were not able to resist Western imperialism and lost their independence as a result.’
    • ‘What social force is of necessity forced to go the whole way in the struggle against imperialism?’
    • ‘But those who resisted British imperialism had to resist it on the colonial periphery.’
    • ‘The combustible fusion of imperialism abroad, fear-mongering at home, and ready access to firearms has ensured this.’
    • ‘The concept of American cultural imperialism has entered the op-ed lists.’
    • ‘This is the clearest manifestation of resurgent imperialism and colonialism on a world scale.’
    • ‘People worldwide should condemn imperialism in all its forms.’
    • ‘They had to fight against the corporate parasites up top and imperialism abroad to retain the value they produced.’
    • ‘Ordinary people around the world must try to resist the new imperialism which is just as pernicious as the old.’
    • ‘Many in the global south regard tourism as a new form of colonialism and cultural imperialism.’
    • ‘Hopefully, this last gasp of imperialism supported by industrial capitalism will be short-lived.’
    • ‘The collapse of imperialism in the twentieth century was a fundamental change in world politics.’
    • ‘But at every key moment the party leadership has supported imperialism and war.’
    • ‘They have opted instead for the oldest trick of imperialism - divide and rule.’
    • ‘The climax of European imperialism in the nineteenth century coincided with the European population explosion.’
    • ‘The government's abuse of civil rights at home goes hand in hand with its brutal imperialism abroad.’
    • ‘None of them offer an alternative to imperialism and neo-liberal policies.’
    1. 1.1historical Rule by an emperor.
      ‘in Russia, imperialism had developed alongside a semi-feudal agrarian structure’