[ mil-i-tuh-riz-uhm ]

  1. a strong military spirit or policy.

  2. the principle or policy of maintaining a large military establishment.

  1. the tendency to regard military efficiency as the supreme ideal of the state and to subordinate all other interests to those of the military.

Origin of militarism

1860–65; <French militarisme, equivalent to militar- (<Latin mīlitār(is) military) + -isme-ism

Other words from militarism

  • an·ti·mil·i·ta·rism, noun
  • pro·mil·i·ta·rism, adjective

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How to use militarism in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for militarism


/ (ˈmɪlɪtəˌrɪzəm) /

  1. military spirit; pursuit of military ideals

  2. domination by the military in the formulation of policies, ideals, etc, esp on a political level

  1. a policy of maintaining a strong military organization in aggressive preparedness for war

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