[ in-ter-nash-uh-nl-iz-uh m ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈnæʃ ə nlˌɪz əm /


the principle of cooperation among nations, for the promotion of their common good, sometimes as contrasted with nationalism, or devotion to the interests of a particular nation.
international character, relations, cooperation, or control.
(initial capital letter) the principles or methods of a communist or socialist International.

Origin of internationalism

First recorded in 1850–55; international + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for internationalism

/ (ˌɪntəˈnæʃənəˌlɪzəm) /


the ideal or practice of cooperation and understanding between nations
the state or quality of being international
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Cultural definitions for internationalism


The view that nations should cooperate in international organizations, such as the United Nations, to settle disputes.

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