colonialism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

colonial +‎ -ism

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Noun[edit]

colonialism (countable and uncountable, plural colonialisms)

  1. The policy of a country seeking to extend or retain its authority over other people or territories, generally with the aim of economic dominance.
    • 2008 June 1, A. Dirk Moses, “Preface”, in Empire, Colony, Genocide: Conquest, Occupation, and Subaltern Resistance in World History, Berghahn Books, →ISBN, page x:
      Though most of the cases here cover European encounters with non-Europeans, it is not the intention of the book to give the impression that genocide is a function of European colonialism and imperialism alone.
  2. A colonial word, phrase, concept, or habit.
    • 1887, Harriet W. Daly, Digging, Squatting, and Pioneering Life in the Northern Territory of South Australia, page 239:
      Although the settlement seems so far to have made but slow progress, there are many things which show that, to use a colonialism, "the place was going ahead."
  3. Colonial life.

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French colonialisme.

Noun[edit]

colonialism n (uncountable)

  1. colonialism

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