a permanently organized military force maintained by a nation.
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How to use standing army in a sentence
Despite the Founders’ concerns about the tyrannical potential of a standing army, the danger of invasion by foreign armies meant professional soldiers were necessary to defend the country.The similarities to the last invasion of the Capitol matter — so do the differences | Lawrence Hatter | January 11, 2021 | Washington Post
We will come in numbers that no standing army or police agency can match.Members of Several Well-Known Hate Groups Identified at Capitol Riot | by A.C. Thompson and Ford Fischer | January 9, 2021 | ProPublica
Above all, he was amazed to hear me talk of a mercenary standing army in the midst of peace and among a free people.Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
From such evils, it was said, no country could be secure which was cursed with a standing army.
But before the Revolution our ancestors had known a standing army only as an instrument of lawless power.
The parliamentary conflict on the great question of a standing army was preceded by a literary conflict.
He declared therefore that he abhorred the thought of a standing army.
British Dictionary definitions for standing army
a permanent army of paid soldiers maintained by a nation
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