[ noo-klee-uh-riz-uh m, nyoo- or, by metathesis, -kyuh-luh- ]
/ ˈnu kli əˌrɪz əm, ˈnyu- or, by metathesis, -kyə lə- /
a political philosophy maintaining that nuclear weapons are the best means of assuring peace and of attaining political goals.
What’s Nuclear About A Football?Whose nuclear launch button is bigger? There has been a serious kerfuffle in the news about buttons and their relative size. Specifically, nuclear launch buttons. Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, flatly stated that a nuclear button is on his desk at all times. “It’s not a mere threat but a reality that I have a nuclear button on the desk in my office.” …
Related formsnu·cle·ar·ist, nounnu·cle·ar·is·tic, adjective
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