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[mil-i-ter-ist] /ˈmɪl ɪ tər ɪst/
a person imbued with militarism.
a person skilled in the conduct of war and military affairs.
Origin of militarist
1595-1605; militar(y) + -ist
Related forms
militaristic, adjective
militaristically, adverb
antimilitarist, noun, adjective
antimilitaristic, adjective
antimilitaristically, adverb
overmilitaristic, adjective
overmilitaristically, adverb
promilitarist, adjective, noun
pseudomilitaristic, adjective
quasi-militaristic, adjective
quasi-militaristically, adverb
unmilitaristic, adjective
unmilitaristically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for militaristic
  • The lesson from this is to beware of militaristic leaders who are all glory and short on reason.
  • Some see him as a corrective to militaristic nationalism.
  • And he was further distrusted as one who was predisposed toward grand-opera or militaristic solutions.
  • So, before you accuse us of being militaristic, think about what you would do.
  • At the same time, it offers a sharp critique of the conformist, militaristic culture that turns its back on them.
  • Perhaps that is due, in some part, to the militaristic viewpoint that tends to prevail in history.
  • The clans maintained complex familial, spiritual and militaristic alliances with each other.
  • Mauldin portrayed the hardline approach as militaristic and portrays himself as the artist with the pen, second from the right.
  • We have not attempted to invoke our war exclusions, despite the militaristic nature of the attacks.
  • If one were truly concerned about our security and enhancing peace, one would always opt for a less militaristic policy.
British Dictionary definitions for militaristic


a supporter of or believer in militarism
a devotee of military history, strategy, etc
Derived Forms
militaristic, adjective
militaristically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for militaristic

1883; see militarist + -ic.



c.1600, "a soldier," from military + -ist. As "one devoted to militarism" from 1884.

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