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Prussianism

[pruhsh-uh-niz-uh m] /ˈprʌʃ əˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
the militaristic spirit, system, policy, or methods historically associated with the Prussians.
Origin of Prussianism
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; Prussian + -ism
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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

Prussianism

/ˈprʌʃəˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
the ethos of the Prussian state and aristocracy, esp militarism and stern discipline
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