A person who demands complete obedience; a strict disciplinarian: the woman in charge was a martinet who treated all those beneath her like children a martinet of a staff officer
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- The Governor was prone to military simplicity - ‘a perfect martinet in military discipline’ was how the senior official in the Colonial Office described him.
- The crew on board the aging vessel is a mix of Namibians, Cubans and white South Africans, overseen by a martinet whom everyone dislikes.
- Shortly before the concert began, one of the ushers - merciless martinets who patrol the hall with a critical eye - saw that my placement did not conform with their approved seating plan.
late 17th century (denoting the system of drill invented by Martinet): named after Jean Martinet, 17th-century French drill master.
martinettish (also martinetish) adjective
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- You have to be martinetish about the protection of your skin as anything can trigger another attack of eczema.
- The scholarly, somewhat prissy and martinetish teacher who frets that his students don't like him is a total departure from his previous roles.
- He was an odd character in the episode, very martinetish as I recall.