- 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 imperialistic
North Korea thinks The Interview is an act of imperialistic war.When Countries Lose Their Shit Over American Movies
December 17, 2014
The new paradigm is that “wilderness” is a flawed notion and an imperialistic enterprise of distinctly Western origins.American Wilderness Faces the Firing Squad
July 6, 2014
The picture he paints, though, is one more of failed good intentions then of imperialistic villainy.This Week’s Hot Reads: December 16, 2013
December 17, 2013
I mean the people who actually saw the war through a conservative—as opposed to jingoistic and imperialistic—lens.How Conservatives Betrayed Their Principles in the Iraq War
December 19, 2011
It is a powerful force in imperialistic Japan and in Russia.The Psychology of Nations
They want India's billions and they want India's man-power for their imperialistic greed.The New World of Islam
Some of those old missionaries were imperialistic, all right!Have We No Rights?
Nobody calls France imperialistic because she has absorbed Brittany.
But everybody calls England imperialistic because she has not absorbed Ireland.
- 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 imperialistic
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.