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1. A rigid military disciplinarian.
2. One who demands absolute adherence to forms and rules.
[After Jean Martinet (died 1672), French army officer.]
a person who maintains strict discipline, esp in a military force
[C17: from French, from the name of General Martinet, drillmaster under Louis XIV]
mar•ti•net(ˌmɑr tnˈɛt, ˈmɑr tnˌɛt)
1. a strict disciplinarian, esp. a military one.
2. someone who stubbornly adheres to methods or rules.
[1670–80; after General Jean Martinet (d. 1672), French inventor of a system of drill]
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|Noun||1.||martinet - someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms|
authoritarian, dictator - a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner; "my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime"
stickler - someone who insists on something; "a stickler for promptness"