Meaning of social imperialism in English:

social imperialism


  • 1Chiefly in the phraseology of communism and socialism: advocacy of imperialist foreign policy while claiming to support socialism.

  • 2historical Specifically. Socialist policies used to disguise imperialist ambitions.

  • 3Politics
    A combination of an imperialist foreign policy and programmes of social reform, frequently introduced in order to quell internal social upheaval.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in Communist. From social + imperialism.


social imperialism

/ˌsəʊʃl ɪmˈpɪərɪəlɪz(ə)m/