[mil-i-tuh-riz-uh m]


a strong military spirit or policy.
the principle or policy of maintaining a large military establishment.
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
Related formsan·ti·mil·i·ta·rism, nounpro·mil·i·ta·rism, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of militarism

Historical Examples of militarism

  • Then we will whip German militarism in industry out of the markets of the world.

  • Collinot—the oracle of militarism—who was playing picquet, rose.

    The False Chevalier

    William Douw Lighthall

  • I will not talk nor allow any one else to talk about "clericalism" and "militarism."

    A Miscellany of Men

    G. K. Chesterton

  • The Romans seem to have adopted the Greek view, but they were prepared for it by militarism.


    William Graham Sumner

  • We have no satire yet on militarism, or imperialism, or the Monroe doctrine.


    William Graham Sumner

British Dictionary definitions for militarism



military spirit; pursuit of military ideals
domination by the military in the formulation of policies, ideals, etc, esp on a political level
a policy of maintaining a strong military organization in aggressive preparedness for war
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Word Origin and History for militarism

1864, from French militarisme, from militaire "military" (see military).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper