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[in-duhs-tree-uh-liz-uh m]
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  1. an economic organization of society built largely on mechanized industry rather than agriculture, craftsmanship, or commerce.
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Origin of industrialism

First recorded in 1825–35; industrial + -ism
Related formso·ver·in·dus·tri·al·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for industrialism

Historical Examples

  • It is first with industrialism as a world condition that education is concerned.

    The Psychology of Nations

    G.E. Partridge

  • This would have a double effect upon the industrialism of the day.

  • Industrialism has been, as all must recognize, too individualistic.

  • But all these cities are defiled and even diseased with industrialism.

    What I Saw in America

    G. K. Chesterton

  • They may be narrowed by militancy, or they may be widened by industrialism.

British Dictionary definitions for industrialism


  1. an organization of society characterized by large-scale mechanized manufacturing industry rather than trade, farming, etc
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Word Origin and History for industrialism


1831, from industrial + -ism. Cf. French industrialisme (Saint-Simon, 1823).

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