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militarism

[mil-i-tuh-riz-uh m] /ˈmɪl ɪ təˌrɪz əm/
noun
1.
a strong military spirit or policy.
2.
the principle or policy of maintaining a large military establishment.
3.
the tendency to regard military efficiency as the supreme ideal of the state and to subordinate all other interests to those of the military.
Origin of militarism
1860-1865
1860-65; < French militarisme, equivalent to militar- (< Latin mīlitār(is) military) + -isme -ism
Related forms
antimilitarism, noun
promilitarism, adjective
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Examples from the Web for militarism
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  • Then we will whip German militarism in industry out of the markets of the world.

    The Ghost in the White House Gerald Stanley Lee
  • Collinot—the oracle of militarism—who was playing picquet, rose.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • I will not talk nor allow any one else to talk about "clericalism" and "militarism."

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
  • The Romans seem to have adopted the Greek view, but they were prepared for it by militarism.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • We have no satire yet on militarism, or imperialism, or the Monroe doctrine.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for militarism

militarism

/ˈmɪlɪtəˌrɪzəm/
noun
1.
military spirit; pursuit of military ideals
2.
domination by the military in the formulation of policies, ideals, etc, esp on a political level
3.
a policy of maintaining a strong military organization in aggressive preparedness for war
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Word Origin and History for militarism
n.

1864, from French militarisme, from militaire "military" (see military).

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