garrison state


: a state organized to serve primarily its own need for military security
also : a state maintained by military power

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With minor variations, these policies have been a matter of bipartisan consensus since the George W. Bush administration embarked on the path of turning the country into a garrison state after 9/11. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 13 Apr. 2021 This elaborate garrison state was put in place to allow the federal government to function after a nuclear attack. Ed Burmila, The New Republic, 13 June 2019 With no domestic pressure on the generals to reform, Pakistan will remain what the Singaporean scholar Tan Tai Yong calls a garrison state dominated by the army. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, 30 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of garrison state was in 1937

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“Garrison state.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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