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[pruhsh-uh-niz-uh m] /ˈprʌʃ əˌnɪz əm/
the militaristic spirit, system, policy, or methods historically associated with the Prussians.
Origin of Prussianism
1855-60; Prussian + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Would he have turned pessimist if he had lived to see the world infected with Prussianism as it has been in our time?

    The Art of Letters Robert Lynd
  • Our eyes are fixed on the goal, namely, the crushing of Prussianism.

  • The old German nations, and particularly the Bavarians, refused to be swallowed up in Prussianism.

  • I read in your article that the turn of Czarism will come after that of Prussianism.

    Above the Battle Romain Rolland
  • As a result of this piece of Prussianism, Jabotinsky had to proceed to Kantara, where at lightning speed he was demobilised.

    With the Judans in the Palestine Campaign J. H. (John Henry) Patterson
  • The spirit of Prussianism and the spirit of Americanism cannot live in the same world.

    Right Above Race Otto Hermann Kahn
  • And what was in the first patriotism was in the second something with no name but Prussianism.

    A Short History of England G. K. Chesterton
  • "Socialisation" has not as yet affected the economic basis of the Prussianism that we have been fighting.

    The New Germany George Young
  • This might look like a reaction into Prussianism; but only until the functions of this Federal Body are examined.

    The New Germany George Young
  • But if England went to war for that purpose, Germans would be compelled to fight for Prussianism.

    The Great Illusion Norman Angell
British Dictionary definitions for Prussianism


the ethos of the Prussian state and aristocracy, esp militarism and stern discipline
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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