Definition of imperialist in English:



  • Relating to, supporting, or practising imperialism.

    ‘an imperialist regime’
    • ‘He ended up supporting the democratic imperialist powers in the Second World War.’
    • ‘Many said we need to resist the occupation, further imperialist wars and capitalism.’
    • ‘The basic social force for opposing imperialist war is the working class.’
    • ‘Rather than being a humanitarian intervention, the invasion is a brutal act of imperialist aggression.’
    • ‘They had no potential support other than that of imperialist bayonets.’
    • ‘Only revolution could prevent the American bourgeoisie from entering into this war or beginning the third imperialist war.’
    • ‘The result has been an act of imperialist aggression without precedent since the Second World War.’
    • ‘But they would still be forced to do business with capitalist and imperialist powers.’
    • ‘The need for a new imperialist strategy is as urgent as ever.’
    • ‘Here are just some of the key events in this bloody history of imperialist intervention in the region.’
    • ‘This has been accompanied by a turn to imperialist war and neo-colonialism.’
    • ‘All other imperialist governments have their own methods of achieving the same ends.’
    • ‘We certainly do not need another front man for imperialist aggression around the world and a police state at home.’
    • ‘What we are seeing in the world today is a product of this murderous imperialist policy.’
    • ‘They in no way challenge the capitalist and imperialist character of the European Union itself.’
    • ‘We have to be a thorn in the side of this imperialist government.’
    • ‘The jungle paintings are also a response to Europe's imperialist expansion during this period.’
    • ‘Military conquest and colonial-style occupation is only the most overt form of imperialist domination.’
    • ‘Today, a new era of imperialist violence and colonialism has begun.’
    • ‘They're colonialists, operating in the wake of war and imperialist expansions.’


  • A person who supports or practises imperialism.

    • ‘The American working class, however, cannot align itself with either faction in this struggle among the imperialists.’
    • ‘Are advocates of human rights necessarily cultural imperialists?’
    • ‘Nor, it should be remembered, did the older European imperialists consider themselves exploiters.’
    • ‘It was only a matter of time before the imperialists and the junta struck.’
    • ‘I hope that young people will understand that if they won't win back their world from the imperialists they will be plagued by wars.’
    • ‘But at least you'll have shown up those Yankee imperialists!’
    • ‘Empire builders supreme, capitalists extraordinaire, imperialists par excellence, these are the criteria by which they govern.’
    • ‘This did not mean that the Bolsheviks were simply old-style imperialists whose commitment to national self-determination was fraudulent.’
    • ‘I don't remember him saying that he was only at war with reactionaries and imperialists.’
    • ‘Leaders of independent states who in any way irked the imperialists were either eliminated or squeezed so hard by the system that they abandoned their opposition.’
    • ‘After the 1997 handover, the western imperialists were up to their tricks.’
    • ‘For that, he is denounced and vilified as a war-mongering imperialist.’
    • ‘This state was created by the British imperialists.’
    • ‘Mike says the Romans appear as noble imperialists.’
    • ‘The millions across the world who joined anti-war demonstrations would cheer if the aftershocks of the war brought the imperialists down from their thrones.’
    • ‘No imperialists have even been so impatient for quick results.’
    • ‘Classic nineteenth century European imperialists believed they were literally on a mission.’
    • ‘English is the language of the imperialists to be forced on people in the new national schools - but for many of the characters it is also the language of progress and modernity.’
    • ‘But the complicating wrinkle is that Buddhism has been remade by Yankee imperialists before.’
    • ‘The imperialists never cease to draw up ‘peace plans’ in order to secure their own strategic, political and economic interests.’