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colonialism (kəˈləʊnɪəˌlɪzəm Pronunciation for colonialism



  1. the policy and practice of a power in extending control over weaker peoples or areas Also called: imperialism

Derived Forms

coˈlonialist noun, adjective

Translations for 'colonialism'

  • British English: colonialism Colonialism is the practice by which a powerful country directly controls less powerful countries and uses their resources to increase its own power and wealth. NOUN...the bitter oppression of slavery and colonialism.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: colonialismo
  • Chinese: 殖民主义殖民主义義
  • European Spanish: colonialismo
  • French: colonialisme
  • German: Kolonialismus
  • Italian: colonialismo
  • Japanese: 植民地主義
  • Korean: 식민지주의
  • Portuguese: colonialismo
  • Spanish: colonialismo

Example Sentences Including 'colonialism'

According to one liberal commentator,'the Bushies clearly aim to retake the Middle East, in shameless acts of colonialism '.
Spiked (2003)
But the new U. S. bases in Iraq, if established, have a far more important role than mere colonialism.
Toronto Sun (2003)
He continued: "And this thing about colonialism , this thing about gender oppression, the very word oppression wearies me.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
In the last half-century, many countries emerging from colonialism looked to the Soviet model.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Mugabe, fighting for his political survival, has made the struggle against colonialism a key theme of his campaign.
Glasgow Herald (2002)
Some white students stood up and offered some defence, but always with the preface that colonialism was admittedly bad.
Davis, John Gordon Seize the Reckless Wind
The adventitious roots of colonialism had penetrated deeper than expected.
Cloke, Paul J (ed) Rural Land-Use Planning in Developed Nations
There was so much potential, still is I suppose, but it was a mess then- the end of colonialism , the beginning of self-government.
St. James, Ian Final Resort


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