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Thursday, May 17, 2001

Definitions for martinet

  1. A strict disciplinarian.
  2. One who lays stress on a rigid adherence to the details of forms and methods.

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Citations for martinet
His insistence on strict discipline began to earn him a reputation among his men as an unfeeling martinet. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
At first, the recruits hate and fear the sergeant, but gradually they come to realize that he's been turning them into soldiers. It is the example of this unlovable martinet, not the "Good Joe" who replaces him, that will help them survive in combat. Anthony Quinn, New York Times
Origin of martinet
1670-1680
A martinet is so called after an officer of that name in the French army under Louis XIV.