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[pruhsh-uh-niz-uh m] /ˈprʌʃ əˌnɪz əm/
the militaristic spirit, system, policy, or methods historically associated with the Prussians.
Origin of Prussianism
First recorded in 1855-60; Prussian + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Prussianism
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  • Our eyes are fixed on the goal, namely, the crushing of Prussianism.

  • And what was in the first patriotism was in the second something with no name but Prussianism.

    A Short History of England

    G. K. Chesterton
  • I believe the Prussianism I picture is the real Prussianism.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner
  • I read in your article that the turn of Czarism will come after that of Prussianism.

    Above the Battle Romain Rolland
  • The thought of the world being swayed by Prussianism was unbearable.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • The spirit of Prussianism and the spirit of Americanism cannot live in the same world.

    Right Above Race

    Otto Hermann Kahn
  • This would mean a restoration of Junkerism and Prussianism, but not of Kaiserism.

    The New Germany George Young
  • In an apotheosis of Prussianism Turkey was to turn on her Allies and drive them out.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • Either Prussianism would win and the protest would be hopeless, or Prussianism would lose and the protest would be needless.

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
  • "Socialisation" has not as yet affected the economic basis of the Prussianism that we have been fighting.

    The New Germany George Young
British Dictionary definitions for Prussianism


the ethos of the Prussian state and aristocracy, esp militarism and stern discipline
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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