Definition of militarism
1a : predominance of the military class or its idealsb : exaltation of military virtues and ideals
2 : a policy of aggressive military preparedness
militaristplay \-rist\ noun or adjective
militaristicplay \ˌmi-lə-tə-ˈris-tik\ adjective
militaristicallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of militarism in a Sentence
The administration has been criticized for the militarism of its foreign policy.
Recent Examples of militarism from the Web
But the move was deeply sensitive in a nation that is still intensely conscious of the consequences of its past militarism.
Mr. Abe took office on Dec. 26, 2012, and angered U.S. officials a year later by visiting the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which is seen by Asian nations as a symbol of Japan’s wartime militarism.
Other readers recalled atrocities committed by Japanese soldiers during World War II and the Japanese empire’s militarism.
The gay-studies curriculum at Tolstoy College partly grew out of an interest in how militarism was underpinned by cultural notions of masculinity.
This is why Japan started rearming and remilitarizing itself instead of fully depending on the U.S. to protect it from China’s increasing militarism.
Our profane public ceremonies are now suffused with a kind of sacramental militarism.
Insider info could come in handy while reading Zero History, which melds with Gibson’s recent releases Pattern Recognition and Spook Country to form a post-crash critique of a civilization bleeding militarism and consumption without a tourniquet.
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MILITARISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of militarism for English Language Learners
: 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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