[pruhsh-uh-niz-uh m]


the militaristic spirit, system, policy, or methods historically associated with the Prussians.

Origin of Prussianism

First recorded in 1855–60; Prussian + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prussianism

Historical Examples of prussianism

  • Our eyes are fixed on the goal, namely, the crushing of Prussianism.

  • And what was in the first patriotism was in the second something with no name but Prussianism.

  • I believe the Prussianism I picture is the real Prussianism.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner

  • I read in your article that the turn of Czarism will come after that of Prussianism.

    Above the Battle

    Romain Rolland

  • The thought of the world being swayed by Prussianism was unbearable.

    Under the Maples

    John Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for prussianism



the ethos of the Prussian state and aristocracy, esp militarism and stern discipline
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