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Definition of "militarism" []

  • Glorification of the ideals of a professional military class. (noun)
  • Predominance of the armed forces in the administration or policy of the state. (noun)
  • A policy in which military preparedness is of primary importance to a state. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "militarism" in a sentence
  • "Fernandez sought to draw a clear line between what she called the militarism of other governments and the democracy she leads."
  • "Like many boys of their day, Jon and his brothers reveled in militarism: They played with toy soldiers, shot frogs with BB guns, and made Revell fighter planes from kits."
  • "The reason the rightwing hates war-hero John McCain, and never credited him with his obsession with fiscal conservatism and militarism, is he committed the cardinal sin: he restricted how they spent their money in elections."