Manifest Destiny

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noun
  1. the belief or doctrine, held chiefly in the middle and latter part of the 19th century, that it was the destiny of the U.S. to expand its territory over the whole of North America and to extend and enhance its political, social, and economic influences.

Origin of Manifest Destiny

First recorded in 1835–45
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Related Words for manifest destiny

expansionism, colonialism, imperialism, neocolonialism

British Dictionary definitions for manifest destiny

Manifest Destiny

noun
  1. (esp in the 19th-century US) the belief that the US was a chosen land that had been allotted the entire North American continent by God
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manifest destiny in Culture

manifest destiny

A popular slogan of the 1840s. It was used by people who believed that the United States was destined — by God, some said — to expand across North America to the Pacific Ocean. The idea of manifest destiny was used to justify the acquisition of Oregon and large parts of the Southwest, including California. (See Mexican War.)

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