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1. Glorification of the ideals of a professional military class.
2. Predominance of the armed forces in the administration or policy of the state.
3. A policy in which military preparedness is of primary importance to a state.

mil′i·ta·rist n.
mil′i·ta·ris′tic (-rĭs′tĭk) adj.
mil′i·ta·ris′ti·cal·ly adv.
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a supporter of or believer in militarism
2. a devotee of military history, strategy, etc
ˌmilitaˈristic adj
ˌmilitaˈristically adv
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(ˈmɪl ɪ tər ɪst)

1. a person imbued with militarism.
2. a person skilled in the conduct of war and military affairs.
mil`i•ta•ris′tic, adj.
mil`i•ta•ris′ti•cal•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.militarist - a person who advocates war or warlike policiesmilitarist - a person who advocates war or warlike policies
adult, grownup - a fully developed person from maturity onward
war hawk, hawk - an advocate of an aggressive policy on foreign relations
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A. ADJmilitarista
B. Nmilitarista mf
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nMilitarist(in) m(f)
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Militarist that I am, I could find but a single word of explanation--war!
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The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, where Mariano serves as the chairperson emeritus, claimed that the revival of the kidnap-murder case against the former solons was a 'handiwork of the Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action and Duterte militarist thugs.'
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"Analysts say the prosecutions have proved an effective weapon for the conservative royalist and militarist urban elite in their power struggle against the political machine of Thaksin Shinawatra, the self-exiled former prime minister whose parties have won a string of elections with the support of the rural poor." Foreign governments warn against royal vigilantism and suggest that Thai lA"se-majeste laws are no defense outside the country.