Definition of militarism in English:


Syllabification: mil·i·ta·rism
Pronunciation: /ˈmilətəˌrizəm


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.
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    • 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.



noun & adjective
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  • His government was autocratic, militarist, and nationalist.
  • These actions are part of a very deliberate agenda to deny self-determination to the peoples of the world, keeping the world ‘safe’ for investors, corporations and militarists.
  • And that is ultimately why we, the people, are going to win, and they, the corporate militarists, are going to lose.


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

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