Antedating of "Imperialism"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 31 12:38:02 UTC 2005

imperialism (OED 1858)

1833 _Times_ 5 Aug. 3  "Yet there are among these," you observe with
disdain, "pretenders to imperialism?  And the dust of the Buonapartes
thinks to create a party, though it has proved itself destitute of power,
imagination, youth, and courage."

Fred Shapiro

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