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militarism

[mil-i-tuh-riz-uh m]
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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.
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Origin of militarism

1860–65; < French militarisme, equivalent to militar- (< Latin mīlitār(is) military) + -isme -ism
Related formsan·ti·mil·i·ta·rism, nounpro·mil·i·ta·rism, adjective
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  • Then we will whip German militarism in industry out of the markets of the world.

  • 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

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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