What does militarism mean?

Definitions for militarismˈmɪl ɪ təˌrɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. militarism(noun)

    a political orientation of a people or a government to maintain a strong military force and to be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests


  1. Militarism(n.)

    The policy of maintaining a large military force, even in peacetime; -- a term usually used by opponents of such a policy on the assumption that such a large force is unnecessary for national defense.

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. militarisme.]


  1. militarism(Noun)

    an ideology which claims that the military is the foundation of a society's security, and thereby claims to be its most important aspect

Webster Dictionary

  1. Militarism(noun)

    a military state or condition; reliance on military force in administering government; a military system

  2. Militarism(noun)

    the spirit and traditions of military life

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. militarisme.]


  1. Militarism

    Militarism is "the belief or desire of a government or people that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests." It may also imply the "glorification of the ideals of a professional military class" and the "predominance of the armed forces in the administration or policy of the state". it is basically the building up of military strength. Militarism has been a significant element of the imperialist or expansionist ideologies of several nations throughout history. Prominent examples include the Ancient Assyrian Empire, the Greek city state of Sparta, the Roman Empire, the Aztec nation, the Kingdom of Prussia, the British Empire, the Empire of Japan, the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, the Italian Empire during the reign of Benito Mussolini, Nazi Germany and American imperialism. After World War II, militarism appeared in many of the post-colonial nations of Asia and Africa. Militarist regimes also emerged in Latin America; some, such as the right-wing administration of Augusto Pinochet in Chile, gained power in coups through U.S. support, while others, such as the leftist Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, were elected.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. militarism

    A fever for conquest, with Peace for a shield, using music and brass buttons to dazzle and divert the Populace.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of militarism in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of militarism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Albert Einstein:

    There are two ways of resisting war: the legal way and the revolutionary way. The legal way involves the offer of alternatinve service not as a privilege for a few but as a right for all. The revolutionary view involves an uncompromising resistance, with a view to breaking the power of militarism in time of peace or the resources of the state in time of war.

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