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militarism Line breaks: mili¦tar|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪlɪt(ə)rɪz(ə)m/

Definition of militarism in English:


[mass noun] chiefly derogatory
The belief that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests: the need for liberal democratic reforms to avoid a revival of militarism
More 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈmɪlɪt(ə)rɪst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • 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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