militarism

noun
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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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 Many well-intending faces do as well, for reasons that have nothing to do with militarism. Adrian Bonenberger, The New Republic, "The Sum of All Beards," 4 June 2019 Foreign opinion, high and low, held the kaiser responsible for German militarism and aggression. Isabel V. Hull, The New York Review of Books, "Hang the Kaiser?," 21 Mar. 2019 The discovery of La Cuernavilla is poised to help researchers probe this angle further by illuminating the intricacies of Maya militarism. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "The Lost World of the Maya is Finally Emerging From the Jungle," 7 Feb. 2019 Nine years later, in 1914, Woodrow Wilson delivered an idealistic speech almost opposite in tenor, proclaiming the benefits of peace and warning against militarism. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "Trump’s speech to Naval Academy graduates: A presidential tradition with deep roots," 25 May 2018 While Wilhelm’s militarism and bellicosity aren’t defensible, any parallels to Donald Trump have to be limited to behavioral flaws: emotional, prone to anger, sometimes rash and perhaps even a little immature. WSJ, "Comparison Unfair to Wilhelm II and Trump," 11 Nov. 2018 It was also meant to prevent the resurgence of nationalist militarism in Europe, and encourage political integration. David Rising, Fox News, "A look at NATO and what the alliance does, past and present," 13 July 2018 King was distressed at the shift in attention from human needs to militarism. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "The Prosperity Plea," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of militarism

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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militarism

noun

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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