militarism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n militarism a political orientation of a people or a government to maintain a strong military force and to be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Militarism A military state or condition; a military system; reliance on military force in administering government.
    • Militarism The policy of maintaining a large military force, even in peacetime; -- a term usually used by opponents of such a policy on the assumption that such a large force is unnecessary for national defense.
    • Militarism The spirit and traditions of military life.
    • Militarism The view that military strength, efficiency and values should dominate the country's public policy choices and take precedence over other interests.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n militarism The military spirit; addiction to war or military practices; the maintenance of national power by means of standing armies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Militarism an excess of the military spirit
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. militarisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. militans, -antis, pr.p. of militāre.

Usage

In literature:

It is not Prussian militarism that constitutes the crime of modern Germany.
"Secret Societies And Subversive Movements" by Nesta H. Webster
Once and for all the Ally surgeons mean to make an end to Militarism.
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
Militarism in Bolshevist Russia, 176.
"The Red Conspiracy" by Joseph J. Mereto
The end of European militarism might have come about, however, through a better understanding between Germany and France.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
The Romans seem to have adopted the Greek view, but they were prepared for it by militarism.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Militarism is of course always a last painful resort, but there were some who seemed to look upon it as an end in itself.
"Six days of the Irish Republic" by Louis Redmond-Howard
Thus, since the beginning of the war, has been formed the Quadruple Alliance, dominated by Prussian militarism.
"The Spirit of Lafayette" by James Mott Hallowell
When militarism goes wrong, it goes very wrong.
"The Better Germany in War Time" by Harold Picton
The peoples groan under the burdens of militarism.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
I can understand a Pacifist, with his special scruples, disliking the militarism of Belfort.
"Eugenics and Other Evils" by G. K. Chesterton
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In news:

Egypt's defense minister called Israeli counterpart to defend Sinai militarization.
The country needs to trade militarism for negotiation and compromise.
Saying no to militarism .
The Politics of American Militarism .
Environmental Costs of Militarism .
Israel's Dependency on the Drug of Militarism The Nation.
The Permanent Militarization of America.
DPS' Sniper Program Only Part of the Agency's Militarization Problem.
Police militarization puts civilians in danger as task is to kill, not aid.
The Militarization of Africa's Animal Poachers.
More international support for Argentina after ' militarization ' claim.
Police forces have grown increasingly militarized in the years following the September 11th attacks.
China is on path to ' militarization of space'.
Militarization of Civilian LE.
Report suggests a more militarized border.
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