expansionism [ik-span-shuh-niz-uh m] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a policy of expansion, as of territory or currency: the colonial expansionism of Europe in the 19th century. Liberaldictionary.com

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  • Origin of expansionism First recorded in 1895–1900; expansion + -ism Related formsex·pan·sion·ist, noun, adjectiveex·pan·sion·is·tic, adjectivean·ti·ex·pan·sion·ism, nounan·ti·ex·pan·sion·ist, noun, adjective Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for expansionist Contemporary Examples of expansionist

  • Born on April 15, 2009—Tax Day—the Tea Party movement was conceived last winter as a populist protest to expansionist government.

    The Tea Party Splatters

    Samuel P. Jacobs

    January 11, 2010

  • Historical Examples of expansionist

  • I have said General MacArthur was a “thoroughgoing” expansionist.

    The American Occupation of the Philippines 1898-1912

    James H. Blount

  • The Fox was an “expansionist” and an annexationist out of sympathy for the oppressed ponies of the Cheyennes.

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    Nebraska Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Up-to-date fashion is a democratic tyrant, an expansionist invading and permeating all places and peoples.

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    Bernard G. Richards

  • His stout imperialism had won him the leadership of the expansionist West and South.

    Expansion and Conflict

    William E. Dodd

  • British Dictionary definitions for expansionist expansionism noun the doctrine or practice of expanding the economy or territory of a country Derived Formsexpansionist, noun, adjectiveexpansionistic, adjective Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for expansionist n.

    “one who advocates the expansion of the territory of his nation,” 1864, from expansion + -ist. Related: Expansionism.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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