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[in-duhs-tree-uh-liz-uh m] /ɪnˈdʌs tri əˌlɪz əm/
an economic organization of society built largely on mechanized industry rather than agriculture, craftsmanship, or commerce.
Origin of industrialism
1825-35; industrial + -ism
Related forms
overindustrialism, noun Unabridged
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  • But the social tension due to the development of urban industrialism grew.
  • Since industrialism, indeed since the beginning of agriculture, humans have been changing the face of the planet.
  • Cultures previous to globalized industrialism defined themselves by the narratives of their environment and their existence in it.
  • They are the perfect representatives of the secular spirit of modern industrialism.
  • industrialism in the nineteenth century widened the impact of environmental degradation.
  • Covers modern issues, such as overpopulation and growing industrialism.
British Dictionary definitions for industrialism


an organization of society characterized by large-scale mechanized manufacturing industry rather than trade, farming, etc
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Word Origin and History for industrialism

1831, from industrial + -ism. Cf. French industrialisme (Saint-Simon, 1823).

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