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imperialismnoun [U]

uk   /ɪmˈpɪə.ri.ə.lɪ.zəm/  us   /ɪmˈpɪr.i.ə.lɪ.zəm/ often disapproving
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imperialismnoun [U]

 us   /ɪmˈpɪər·i·əˌlɪz·əm/ usually disapproving
world history the ​attempt of one ​country to ​control another ​country, esp. by ​political and ​economicmethods: France was ​accused of ​economic imperialism because of ​itstradepolicies.
imperialist
noun [C]  us   /ɪmˈpɪər·i·ə·lɪst/
usually disapproving Roosevelt ​believed that he was a ​benevolent imperialist.
imperialistic
adjective  /ɪmˌpɪər·i·əˈlɪs·tɪk/ (also imperialist,  /ɪmˈpɪər·i·ə·lɪst/ )
usually disapproving They ​denounced the ​war as an imperialistic ​exploitation of ​oppressedpeoples.
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