martinet


mar·ti·net

noun \ˌmär-tə-ˈnet\

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

Full Definition of MARTINET

1
:  a strict disciplinarian
2
:  a person who stresses a rigid adherence to the details of forms and methods

Examples of MARTINET

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

Origin of MARTINET

Jean Martinet, 17th century French army officer
First Known Use: 1737

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