empire building

  1. the plans, activities, achievements, etc., of an empire builder.

Origin of empire building

First recorded in 1895–1900

Words Nearby empire building

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How to use empire building in a sentence

  • Colonies are desired as bases of operation in the game of empire building by conquest.

    The Psychology of Nations | G.E. Partridge
  • Raffles possessed the empire-building instinct, surely, and earned the honor of interment in Westminster Abbey.

    East of Suez | Frederic Courtland Penfield
  • It will interest the politician as a chapter of Empire-building, in which the author himself has played no small part.

  • Sir Henry Morgan played an important part in the stirring drama of Empire-building.

    Wit and Wisdom of Lord Tredegar | Godfrey Charles Morgan