Imperialism is a type of government that seeks to increase its size, either by forcing (through war) or influencing (through politics) other countries to submit to their rule.

The sun never sets on the Roman Empire, or so went the saying when Rome controlled the majority of Europe 2000 years ago. Empire has the same Latin root as imperialism, and the Roman Empire grew to be so vast because they invaded, conquered, and developed everywhere they could. Until Rome fell, that is. Imperialism isn’t always violent, but it’s usually used in a negative sense, so watch for secret agents if you’re talking about your country’s policy of imperialism.

Definitions of imperialism

n a policy of extending your rule over foreign countries

manifest destiny
a policy of imperialism rationalized as inevitable (as if granted by God)
Type of:
foreign policy
a policy governing international relations

n a political orientation that advocates imperial interests

Type of:
ideology, political orientation, political theory
an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation

n any instance of aggressive extension of authority

Type of:
the activity of managing or exerting control over something

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