from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An economic and social system based on the development of large-scale industries and marked by the production of large quantities of inexpensive manufactured goods and the concentration of employment in urban factories.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The socio-economic system based upon the industrial production of manufactured goods, rather than on agriculture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Devotion to industrial pursuits; labor; industry.
  • n. The principles or policy applicable to industrial pursuits or organized labor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Devotion to industrial pursuits and interests; predominance of industrial interests or activity; also, the characteristics of industrial life, especially of the manufacturing industry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an economic system built on large industries rather than on agriculture or craftsmanship


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  • But in any case, though the ugliness of industrialism is the most obvious thing about it and the thing every newcomer exclaims against, I doubt whether it is centrally important.

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • But what is known as industrialism brought in its train fear and favour, privilege and poverty, slums, disease, and municipal vice, fostered a too rapid immigration, established in America a tenant system alien to our traditions.

    An essay on the American contribution and the democratic idea

  • The acceptable side of industrialism, which is supposed to be inspired exclusively by utility, is not utility at all but pure achievement.

    The Life of Reason

  • I am at Dyson HQ in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, the beacon of British industrialism, which is

    The Guardian World News

  • American defender of theirs says just the same of their industrialism and free-trade; indeed, this gentleman, taking the bull by the horns, proposes that we should for the [78] future call industrialism culture, and the industrialists the men of culture, and then of course there can be no longer any misapprehension about their true character; and besides the pleasure of being wealthy and comfortable, they will have authentic recognition as vessels of sweetness and light.

    Culture and Anarchy

  • For the road the dictatorship is now taking, which indeed offers it the only possible hope of even a passable economic success, is the barren, heartless, unspiritual, materialistic tyranny of machine-like "industrialism" which the I.W. W. represents.

    The Red Conspiracy

  • It makes sense, to me, that Girl Talk is from Pittsburgh–he’s making a little nest of shiny musical things from the rubble of industrialism aka the pop industry.

    2008 July | Goblin Mercantile Exchange

  • Yet while it is true that the status of non owning worker is to be carefully distinguished from pauperism, nevertheless the immense multitude of the non-owning workers on the one hand and the enormous riches of certain very wealthy men on the other establish an unanswerable argument that the riches which are so abundantly produced in our age of "industrialism," as it is called, are not rightly distributed and equitably made available to the various classes of the people

    Pope Pius XI's Quadragesimo Anno

  • "industrialism" which has infected a country purely agricultural.

    Old Calabria

  • The greenhouse gases have been emitted largely by industrialism at home and displaced and vehicles driven by us humans and our ancestors.

    Craig K. Comstock: Models for a Movement


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