merchant of death


a company, nation, or person that sells military arms on the international market, usually to the highest bidder and without scruple or regard for political ramifications.

Origin of merchant of death

phrase popularized by the book Merchants of Death (1934) by U.S. writers Helmut C. Engelbrecht (1895–1939) and Frank C. Hanighen (1899–1964) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019