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Definition of Imperialism

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practice of expanding the authority and power of a country by acquiring territory or dominating the economic and political systems of other countries; empire's system of government
Imperialism Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
The power or character of an emperor; imperial authority; the spirit of empire.
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\im*pe"ri*al*ism\, 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 tide of english opinion began to turn about 1870, and since then it has run with increasing force in the direction of what is called imperialism.
\im*pe"ri*al*ism\ (?), n. the power or character of an emperor; imperial authority; the spirit of empire. roman imperialism had divided the world. h. pearson.

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WordNet 2.0

1. a policy of extending your rule over foreign countries
(hypernym) foreign policy
(hyponym) manifest destiny
2. a political orientation that advocates imperial interests
(hypernym) political orientation, ideology, political theory
3. any instance of aggressive extension of authority
(hypernym) control
Imperialism Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Sociology
The establishing of colonial empires in which domination is both political and economic.
Imperialism Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Imperialism is a type of advocacy of empire. Its name originated from the Latin word "imperium", which means to rule over large territories. Imperialism is "a policy of extending a country's power and influence through colonization, use of military force, or other means". Imperialism has greatly shaped the contemporary world by leaving a legacy of violence, racism, and white supremacy. It has also allowed for the rapid spread of technologies and ideas and has been largely responsible for the creation of a globalised world. The term imperialism has been applied to Western (and Japanese) political and economic dominance especially in Asia and Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its precise meaning continues to be debated by scholars. Some writers, such as Edward Said, use the term more broadly to describe any system of domination and subordination organised with an imperial center and a periphery.

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