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militarism

[mil-i-tuh-riz-uh m] /ˈmɪl ɪ təˌrɪz əm/
noun
1.
a strong military spirit or policy.
2.
the principle or policy of maintaining a large military establishment.
3.
the tendency to regard military efficiency as the supreme ideal of the state and to subordinate all other interests to those of the military.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < French militarisme, equivalent to militar- (< Latin mīlitār(is) military) + -isme -ism
Related forms
antimilitarism, noun
promilitarism, adjective
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  • Schurz declares that the spirit of militarism is a serious peril to the nation.
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British Dictionary definitions for militarism

militarism

/ˈmɪlɪtəˌrɪzəm/
noun
1.
military spirit; pursuit of military ideals
2.
domination by the military in the formulation of policies, ideals, etc, esp on a political level
3.
a policy of maintaining a strong military organization in aggressive preparedness for war
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Word Origin and History for militarism
n.

1864, from French militarisme, from militaire "military" (see military).

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