Militarism Mil"i*ta*rism, n. [Cf. F. militarisme.] [1913 Webster] 1. A military state or condition; a military system; reliance on military force in administering government. [1913 Webster]

2. The spirit and traditions of military life. --H. Spencer. [1913 Webster]

3. The view that military strength, efficiency and values should dominate the country's public policy choices and take precedence over other interests. [1913 Webster PJC]

4. 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. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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