[in-duhs-tree-uh-liz-uh m]


an economic organization of society built largely on mechanized industry rather than agriculture, craftsmanship, or commerce.

Origin of industrialism

First recorded in 1825–35; industrial + -ism
Related formso·ver·in·dus·tri·al·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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