Definition of militarism in English:



mass nounderogatory
  • The belief that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests.

    ‘the need for liberal democratic reforms to avoid a revival of militarism’
    • ‘He loathes war and militarism, and despises chauvinism in every form.’
    • ‘We must concentrate on creating conditions to restrain militarism and military adventurism in the world.’
    • ‘Based on this standpoint, we oppose every form of militarism and nationalism.’
    • ‘Therefore, it came with a heavy baggage of chauvinist-nationalism and militarism.’
    • ‘You're out to expose imperialism, militarism, and nationalism for what they really are.’


Mid 19th century: from French militarisme, from militaire (see military).