martinet

[mahr-tn-et, mahr-tn-et]
noun
1.
a strict disciplinarian, especially a military one.
2.
someone who stubbornly adheres to methods or rules.

Origin:
1670–80; after General Jean Martinet (died 1672), French inventor of a system of drill

martinetish, adjective
martinetism, noun
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martinet (ˌmɑːtɪˈnɛt)
 
n
a person who maintains strict discipline, esp in a military force
 
[C17: from French, from the name of General Martinet, drillmaster under Louis XIV]
 
marti'netish
 
adj
 
marti'netism
 
n

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martinet
1676, "system of strict discipline," reputedly from the name of Col. Jean Martinet a drillmaster of the Fr. army during the reign of Louis XIV. The meaning "an officer who is a stickler for strict discipline" is first attested 1779.
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Example sentences
While not slighting the captain's martinet personality, he gives a performance that is filled with empathetic understanding.
The reprobate with the heart of gold, or the old-line martinet who resents the incursions of progress.
It is a triangle romance, with a martinet of a divisional superintendent doing a noble deed during an exciting moment.
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