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.
First Known Use of militarism
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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