[biz-mahr-kee-uh n]


of, relating to, or resembling Otto von Bismarck, especially in respect to his aggressiveness in politics and diplomacy.

Origin of Bismarckian

First recorded in 1865–70; Bismarck + -ian
Related formsBis·marck·i·an·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bismarckian

Historical Examples of bismarckian

  • Herein, the Bismarckian skill at stacking the cards reaches its height.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

  • Such in a few words is the Bismarckian conception of a strong ruler.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

  • I refuse to believe that this Bismarckian attitude is that of the German people.

  • Suavity is no more part of the Bismarckian tradition than exactitude.

    Britain at Bay

    Spenser Wilkinson

  • I hope you haven't discovered anything Bismarckian about my back.