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[biz-mahr-kee-uh n] /bɪzˈmɑr ki ən/
of, relating to, or resembling Otto von Bismarck, especially in respect to his aggressiveness in politics and diplomacy.
Origin of Bismarckian
1865-70; Bismarck + -ian
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Bismarckianism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The policy is expounded in "a Bismarckian version of an old classical myth."

  • Such in a few words is the Bismarckian conception of a strong ruler.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • Puttkamer, a typical Bismarckian, had been Minister of the Interior for seven years.

  • His was a Bismarckian nature, reminiscent of the Iron Chancellor alike physically and mentally.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
  • The whole German people have become Bismarckian, and believe that it is might which creates right.

  • This Bismarckian but imaginative rsum of the conversation in the Park came out quite glibly, and Marie laughed.

    Scarlet and Hyssop E. F. Benson
  • Herein, the Bismarckian skill at stacking the cards reaches its height.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • The Bismarckian realists among them believed that it would be brought about, in South Africa and elsewhere, by 'blood and iron.'

    Human Nature In Politics Graham Wallas
  • I refuse to believe that this Bismarckian attitude is that of the German people.

    The Evidence in the Case James M. Beck
  • Suavity is no more part of the Bismarckian tradition than exactitude.

    Britain at Bay Spenser Wilkinson

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