machtpolitik

noun macht·po·li·tik \ ¦mäktˌpōlē¦tēk , -äḵt- \

Definition of machtpolitik

plural -s
: power politics; specifically : a doctrine in political theory advocating the use of power and especially of physical force by a political state in the attainment of its objectives
  • an internationalism based on realpolitik and machtpolitik
  • New Republic
— compare realpolitik

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Origin and Etymology of machtpolitik

German, from macht power (from Old High German maht) + politik politics, from French politique


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