Etymology
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militarism (n.)

1841, "military spirit, addiction to war or military practice," from French militarisme, from militaire "military" (see military); also see -ism. By 1864 in reference to nations or peoples, "predominance of the military class, maintenance of national power by means of standing armies."

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Definitions of militarism

militarism (n.)
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;
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