mil·​i·​ta·​rism | \ ˈmi-lə-tə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce militarism (audio) \

Definition of militarism

1a : predominance of the military class or its ideals
b : exaltation of military virtues and ideals
2 : a policy of aggressive military preparedness

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Other Words from militarism

militarist \ ˈmi-​lə-​tə-​rist How to pronounce militarist (audio) \ noun or adjective
militaristic \ ˌmi-​lə-​tə-​ˈri-​stik How to pronounce militaristic (audio) \ adjective
militaristically \ ˌmi-​lə-​tə-​ˈri-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce militaristically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of militarism in a Sentence

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

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Kaepernick’s kneeling gesture, in which he was joined by dozens of other NFL players, raised thorny questions about the intersection of sports, politics and militarism., "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 Cerretti will explain how militarism has been mobilized through ideas about gender and sexuality. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "‘The Girls Are Gone’ authors appear in reading series in this week’s literary events," 11 Aug. 2019 So is Day of the Dead, George A. Romero’s zombie horror about militarism and power. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The American Paranoia of Stranger Things 3," 4 July 2019 In the filing, Kavanaugh detailed Fields’ professed admiration for the militarism and racial purity doctrine of Nazi Germany — a fascination that has been well documented over the past two years in court testimony and media reports. Paul Duggan,, "Avowed neo-Nazi in Charlottesville car attack sentenced to life in prison for federal hate crimes," 28 June 2019 Despite the overt militarism of Hamas and other groups in Gaza, there is a sense among the wider Palestinian public that violent resistance is no longer effective. Batya Ungar-sargon, The New York Review of Books, "A Palestinian in Israeli Military Court: Issa Amro, the Judge, & Me," 17 June 2019 The Desert Storm militarism of the Hummer has given way to the all-black Suburban of the Forever War. Dan Albert, Vox, "Driverless cars are coming. We’ll miss the thrill of the ride.," 21 June 2019 Your messianic militarism will completely disappear; the world will only breathe a sigh of relief. John Cullen, Harper's magazine, "Donald Trump Is a Good President," 10 Jan. 2019 All this is explored through the eyes of Mr Stanley’s two subjects, both of whom resisted the tide of militarism and xenophobia. The Economist, "How Einstein and Eddington stood against jingoism," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of militarism

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of militarism was in 1863

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English Language Learners Definition of militarism

: the opinions or actions of people who believe that a country should use military methods, forces, etc., to gain power and to achieve its goals

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