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Imperialism Definition in Context – 601 Words

Imperialism definition in authentic context and short passages with images and illustrations from the book, 601 Words You Need to Know to Pass Your Exam. Learn advanced and academic vocabulary in context with the word, imperialism.

/ɪmˈpɪə.ri.ə.lɪ.zəm/ (noun)

Imperialism definition

a system of government in which a country directly or indirectly controls and rules other countries politically or economically because of being so powerful and authoritative, belief in empire building, expansionism, colonialism, domination by an empire, interventionism


Imperialism is the raw exercise of power. In his 1902 novel “Heart of Darkness,” Joseph Conrad wrote, “…since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others. They grabbed what they could for the sake of what was to be got.”

The Monroe Doctrine asserted in 1823 that the U.S. would defend the Americas against European imperialism. It laid the foundation for ongoing U.S. interference in the Western Hemisphere.

European imperialism caused World War I. Germany, Austria-Hungary, France, Russia, and Great Britain had relied on imperialism to build their wealth. The Austro-Hungarian Empire included countries in southeastern Europe bordering Russia. Germany’s empire included the former French regions of Alsace and Lorraine, and Germany’s and Italy’s empires included countries in Africa.

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Parts of speech

Adjective: imperial

Adjective: imperialist

Adjective: imperialistic

Adverb: imperially

Adverb: imperialistically

Noun: imperialist

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