- the policy of extending the rule or authority of an empire or nation over foreign countries, or of acquiring and holding colonies and dependencies.
- advocacy of imperial or sovereign interests over the interests of the dependent states.
- imperial government; rule by an emperor or empress.
- an imperial system of government.
- British. the policy of so uniting the separate parts of an empire with separate governments as to secure for certain purposes a single state.
Origin of imperialism
Examples from the Web for imperialist
Islands overrun by flawed people, both indigenous and imperialist.How Haoles Destroyed Hawaii
December 7, 2014
Soviet leaders had already decried the rescue mission as an act of imperialist aggression.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
The regime has, to date, never definitively weighed in on whether these troublesome critters had imperialist or fascist ties.Who Will Maduro Blame for Venezuela’s Blackout This Time?
June 28, 2014
He's defending the chauvinist and imperialist Russian regime of President Vladimir Putin.Ron Paul Is Supporting Russia’s Illegal Occupation of Crimea
March 16, 2014
Then he said that in fact, the danger is not that the United States is these days too aggressively interventionist or imperialist.Obama’s U.N. Speech
September 24, 2013
He is now quite clean and proper, and, I believe, an imperialist.My Double Life
That failure was not the only circumstance which made Clement imperialist.Henry VIII.
A. F. Pollard
That faceless and nameless horror was the apotheosis of the Imperialist.Waiting for Daylight
Henry Major Tomlinson
An Imperialist army of nearly 10,000 men acted in conjunction with it.The Life of Gordon, Volume I
Demetrius Charles Boulger
I am not myself an Imperialist—a Vandemar can be scarcely that.The Parisians, Complete
- the policy or practice of extending a state's rule over other territories
- an instance or policy of aggressive behaviour by one state against another
- the extension or attempted extension of authority, influence, power, etc, by any person, country, institution, etccultural imperialism
- a system of imperial government or rule by an emperor
- the spirit, character, authority, etc, of an empire
- advocacy of or support for any form of imperialism
Word Origin and History for imperialist
c.1600, "an adherent of an emperor," such as the emperor of Germany, France, China, etc., probably modeled on French impérialiste (early 16c.); from imperial + -ist. The shift in meaning to "advocate of imperialism" (1893) came via the British Empire, which involved a worldwide colonial system. See imperialism. As a term of abuse in communist circles, attested by 1918. As an adjective by 1816.
1826, "advocacy of empire," originally in a Napoleonic context, also of Rome and of British foreign policy, from imperial + -ism. At times in British usage (and briefly in U.S.) with a neutral or positive sense relating to national interests or the spread of the benefits of Western civilization, but from the begining usually more or less a term of reproach. General sense of "one country's rule over another," first recorded 1878. Picked up disparagingly in Communist jargon by 1918.
It is the old story of 1798, when French republicanism sick of its own folly and misdeeds, became metamorphosed into imperialism, and consoled itself for its incapacity to found domestic freedom by putting an iron yoke upon Europe, and covering it with blood and battle-fields. [Francis Lloyd, "St. James's Magazine," January 1842]
Acquisition by a government of other governments or territories, or of economic or cultural power over other nations or territories, often by force. Colonialism is a form of imperialism.