Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The wealthiest and most highly-developed nations in the world.
  • noun During the Cold War, the industrialized capitalist nations of the world.

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  • proper noun Those countries aligned with the West during the Cold War, particularly in contrast to those aligned with the East (Second World).
  • proper noun Wealthy, developed nations, contrasted with the Third World.

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Examples

  • For those bastions of morality and exceptionalism we call the First World have realized that war is as old as humankind itself, and as profitable as well, for the violence that creates war is ingrained into our instincts, embedded into the most violent species the planet has ever evolved.

    Holocaust Redux

  • Cooperation and Development (OECD), Bermuda, Israel, South Africa, and the European ministates; also known as the First World, high-income countries, the North, industrial countries; generally have a per capita

    The 2007 CIA World Factbook

  • Cooperation and Development (OECD), Bermuda, Israel, South Africa, and the European ministates; also known as the First World, high-income countries, the North, industrial countries; generally have a per capita

    The 2001 CIA World Factbook

  • Development (OECD), Bermuda, Israel, South Africa, and the European ministates; also known as the First World, high-income countries, the

    The 1995 CIA World Factbook

  • Development (OECD), Bermuda, Israel, South Africa, and the European ministates; also known as the First World, high-income countries, the

    The 2000 CIA World Factbook

  • Cooperation and Development (OECD), Bermuda, Israel, South Africa, and the European ministates; also known as the First World, high-income countries, the North, industrial countries; generally have a per capita

    The 2005 CIA World Factbook

  • Cooperation and Development (OECD), Bermuda, Israel, South Africa, and the European ministates; also known as the First World, high-income countries, the North, industrial countries; generally have a per capita

    The 2004 CIA World Factbook

  • The First World is the new Third World and needs Design Thinking to redesign itself.

    BusinessWeek.com --

  • Do research on what price your product gets in the so-called First World countries.

    AllAfrica News: Latest

  • There is no use in hoping that governments will solve this problem - the Zionists have managed to get their hands on all the levers of power in most of what is called the First World, particularly in the U.S., the heart of the Empire.

    Palestine Blogs aggregator

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