Antedating of "Imperialism"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Mar 3 17:25:38 UTC 2013

imperialism (OED 1858)

1800 _A Review of Mr. Grattan's Answer to the Earl of Clare's Speech_ 6 (Eighteenth Century Collections Online)  What by a bold flight of imperialism we now denominate the Act of Annexation, (33d Hen. VIII. c. I.) was in truth no more than an alteration in the Royal style.

Fred Shapiro

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