[kuh-loh-nee-uh-liz-uh m]See more synonyms for colonialism on Thesaurus.com
Related formsco·lo·ni·al·ist, noun, adjectiveco·lo·ni·al·is·tic, adjective
- 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 such control or influence.
- the state or condition of being colonial.
- an idea, custom, or practice peculiar to a colony.
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British Dictionary definitions for colonialistic
Derived Formscolonialist, noun, adjective
- the policy and practice of a power in extending control over weaker peoples or areasAlso called: imperialism
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Word Origin and History for colonialistic
1853, "ways or speech of colonial persons," from colonial + -ism. Meaning "the system of colonial rule" is from 1886.
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The control of one nation by “transplanted” people of another nation — often a geographically distant nation that has a different culture and dominant racial or ethnic group. (See ethnicity.)
A classic example of colonialism is the control of India
from the eighteenth century to 1947.
Control that is economic and cultural, rather than political, is often called neocolonialism
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