imperialism Definition

  • 1a policy of extending a country's power and influence through colonization, use of military force, or other means
  • 2the belief in or advocacy of extending the power and dominion of a country beyond its borders

Using imperialism: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "imperialism" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The British Empire was built on imperialism.

  • Example

    The United States has been accused of cultural imperialism.

  • Example

    Imperialism led to the exploitation of many countries.

imperialism Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for imperialism

Antonyms for imperialism

Phrases with imperialism

  • the practice of using economic power to extend a country's influence


    The company's economic imperialism in the region led to protests and boycotts.

  • the imposition of one culture's beliefs, values, and customs on another culture


    Many people criticize Hollywood for promoting cultural imperialism through its movies and TV shows.

  • the late 19th-century and early 20th-century period of colonial expansion by European powers, the United States, and Japan


    The new imperialism led to the colonization of many African and Asian countries.

Origins of imperialism

from Latin 'imperium', meaning 'command, sovereignty'


Summary: imperialism in Brief

Imperialism [ɪmˈpɪəriəlɪzəm] is a policy of extending a country's power and influence beyond its borders through colonization, military force, or other means. It can lead to the exploitation of other countries and cultures. Examples include the British Empire and the United States' cultural imperialism. Phrases like 'economic imperialism' and 'cultural imperialism' describe specific forms of imperialism.

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