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[in-ter-nash-uh-nl-iz-uh m] /ˌɪn tərˈnæʃ ə nlˌɪz əm/
the principle of cooperation among nations, for the promotion of their common good, sometimes as contrasted with nationalism, or devotion to the interests of a particular nation.
international character, relations, cooperation, or control.
(initial capital letter) the principles or methods of a communist or socialist International.
Origin of internationalism
1850-55; international + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for internationalism
Historical Examples
  • They pointed to the German Socialists, those betrayers of internationalism.

  • The only internationalism which this Press can recognise is one that is exclusively English.

  • Beyond the internationalism of scholarship, we must remember the reaction of criticism on popular religious thought.

  • There is no hope in the pompous impersonalities of internationalism.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • To free the new country from the curse of internationalism was a paramount object.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
  • internationalism demands some recognition on the part of the school.

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
  • Did you ever stop to think that we could have internationalism in language as well as in other things?

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • Such an understanding of nations is, we say, the real beginning of internationalism.

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
  • We have seen the attempt of labor at internationalism utterly break down under the pressure of patriotic motive.

    Our Lady Saint Mary J. G. H. Barry
  • Nationalism is, in other words, a phenomenon of internationalism.

British Dictionary definitions for internationalism


the ideal or practice of cooperation and understanding between nations
the state or quality of being international
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for internationalism

1851, from international + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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internationalism in Culture

internationalism definition

The view that nations should cooperate in international organizations, such as the United Nations, to settle disputes.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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