merchant of death

merchant of death

noun
a company, nation, or person that sells military arms on the international market, usually to the highest bidder and without scruple or regard for political ramifications.

Origin:
phrase popularized by the book Merchants of Death (1934) by U.S. writers Helmut C. Engelbrecht (1895–1939) and Frank C. Hanighen (1899–1964)

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