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[mil-i-ter-ist] /ˈmɪl ɪ tər ɪst/
a person imbued with militarism.
a person skilled in the conduct of war and military affairs.
Origin of militarist
First recorded in 1595-1605; militar(y) + -ist
Related forms
militaristic, adjective
militaristically, adverb
antimilitarist, noun, adjective
antimilitaristic, adjective
antimilitaristically, adverb
overmilitaristic, adjective
overmilitaristically, adverb
promilitarist, adjective, noun
pseudomilitaristic, adjective
quasi-militaristic, adjective
quasi-militaristically, adverb
unmilitaristic, adjective
unmilitaristically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for militarist
Historical Examples
  • Already we are becoming a militarist and a protective State, but we do not yet know it.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • Do not let us forget that almost everything that is most militarist is old.

  • And so in its way is the overthrow of the Anwhei faction of the militarist party.

  • Now if anything vexes me, it is to be told that I am a militarist.

    At Plattsburg

    Allen French
  • To the militarist I would quote the case of our ally, Japan.

    Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby
  • He was M. Millerand's colleague, and the instigator of his militarist policy.

    The Myth of a Guilty Nation Albert Jay Nock
  • He has brilliant military qualities, but he will never be a militarist.

    Alsace-Lorraine Daniel Blumenthal.
  • There is something of the Sermon on the Mount in pacifist and militarist alike.

  • She is playing the militarist role without the strength to sustain it.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
  • But really it is unreasonable to expect a soldier to be anything but a militarist.

    Our National Defense: George Hebard Maxwell
British Dictionary definitions for militarist


a supporter of or believer in militarism
a devotee of military history, strategy, etc
Derived Forms
militaristic, adjective
militaristically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for militarist

c.1600, "a soldier," from military + -ist. As "one devoted to militarism" from 1884.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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