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[mil-i-tuh-riz-uh m] /ˈmɪl ɪ təˌrɪz əm/
a strong military spirit or policy.
the principle or policy of maintaining a large military establishment.
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
1860-65; < French militarisme, equivalent to militar- (< Latin mīlitār(is) military) + -isme -ism
Related forms
antimilitarism, noun
promilitarism, adjective Unabridged
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  • The final triumph of militarism would be too appalling to contemplate.

    Our National Defense: George Hebard Maxwell
  • The Romans seem to have adopted the Greek view, but they were prepared for it by militarism.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • To “crush Prussian militarism” does not mean only to crush the German armies.

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

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • I can understand a Pacifist, with his special scruples, disliking the militarism of Belfort.

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for militarism


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

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

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