Definition of militarism in English:

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militarism

Pronunciation: /ˈmilədəˌrizəm/

noun

chiefly derogatory
The belief or desire of a government or people that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests.
Example sentences
  • You're out to expose imperialism, militarism, and nationalism for what they really are.
  • Based on this standpoint, we oppose every form of militarism and nationalism.
  • He loathes war and militarism, and despises chauvinism in every form.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French militarisme, from militaire (see military).

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Syllabification: mil·i·ta·rism

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