mil·​i·​ta·​rism ˈmi-lə-tə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce militarism (audio)
: predominance of the military class or its ideals
: exaltation of military virtues and ideals
: a policy of aggressive military preparedness
militarist noun or adjective
militaristic adjective
militaristically adverb

Examples of militarism in a Sentence

The administration has been criticized for the militarism of its foreign policy.
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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of militarism was in 1863

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Cite this Entry

“Militarism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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mil·​i·​ta·​rism ˈmil-ə-tə-ˌriz-əm How to pronounce militarism (audio)
: control or rule by a military class
: extreme admiration and praise of military virtues and ideals
: a policy of aggressive military readiness
militarist noun
militaristic adjective
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