the control or governing influence of a nation over a dependent country, territory, or people.
the system or policy by which a nation maintains or advocates control or influence over a dependent country, territory, or people.
- co·lo·ni·al·ist, noun, adjective
- co·lo·ni·al·is·tic [kuh-loh-nee-uh-lis-tik], /kəˌloʊ ni əˈlɪs tɪk/, adjective
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How to use colonialism in a sentence
Import and export of crops are entrenched in colonialism, but cacao is an ancient native food, so you can also find many people still growing and making chocolate who are originally from the land in which cacao grows.Meet Four Craft Chocolate Makers Decolonizing the Industry | Jinji Fraser | October 22, 2020 | Eater
That makes sense for the genre, because the gothic novel has been interested in thinking through questions of colonialism and empire for a long, long time.Gothic novels are obsessed with borders. Mexican Gothic takes full advantage. | Constance Grady | October 16, 2020 | Vox
It lends itself naturally to metaphors about colonialism and empire.Gothic novels are obsessed with borders. Mexican Gothic takes full advantage. | Constance Grady | October 16, 2020 | Vox
For example, per capita greenhouse gas emissions have historically been highest in countries that profited from slavery and colonialism.Change the world—for whom? Why addressing racism must be a top corporate priority | lbelanger225 | September 21, 2020 | Fortune
Africa sees China as an alternative financier and a path to economic development without the cloud of colonialism—although this perspective is changing and criticism of China from within Africa is becoming more common.
What he has said publicly is an apology for colonialism, something we are not guilty of in Cuba.
“Life was much better than now,” Botala says of colonialism.
Because it has, in the past, been a tool of racism and colonialism, and in the present, is a means of rationing health care.Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along? | Jay Michaelson | May 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At the turn of the century, zoos displaying so-called primitive cultures were used to drum up public support for colonialism.
One hundred years ago, Senegalese natives were put on display in Norway to drum up support for colonialism.
Let no one cite India as an argument in defense of colonialism.The Old World and Its Ways | William Jennings Bryan
He tells them with the sweetest tones of his charming voice that they are pleased and happy to rot in "colonialism."England, Canada and the Great War | Louis-Georges Desjardins
The Democratic party has declared such a policy to be only imperialism and colonialism under another name."Colony,"--or "Free State"? "Dependence,"--or "Just Connection"? | Alpheus H. Snow
He had classified banks of issue, colonialism, and slavery, as well as some other things as equal parts of a mercantile program.Children of the Market Place | Edgar Lee Masters
Thus the extra constitutional foundations of the Republican party have led to colonialism.Children of the Market Place | Edgar Lee Masters
British Dictionary definitions for colonialism
the policy and practice of a power in extending control over weaker peoples or areas: Also called: imperialism
- colonialist, noun, adjective
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Cultural definitions for colonialism
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