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martinet

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noun mar·ti·net \ˌmär-tə-ˈnet\

Simple Definition of martinet

  • : a person who is very strict and demands obedience from others

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of martinet

  1. 1 :  a strict disciplinarian

  2. 2 :  a person who stresses a rigid adherence to the details of forms and methods

Examples of martinet in a sentence

  1. The prison's warden was a cruel martinet.



Did You Know?

When France's King Louis XIV appointed Lieutenant Colonel Jean Martinet to be inspector general of the infantry in the late 17th century, he made a wise choice. As a drillmaster, Martinet trained his troops to advance into battle in precise linear formations and to fire in volleys only upon command, thus making the most effective use of inaccurate muskets - and making the French army one of the best on the continent. He also gave English a new word. Martinet has been used synonymously with "strict disciplinarian" since the 1730s.

Origin of martinet

Jean Martinet, 17th century French army officer


First Known Use: 1737


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