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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.


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a supporter of or believer in militarism
2. a devotee of military history, strategy, etc
ˌmilitaˈristic adj
ˌmilitaˈristically adv


(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.
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


A. ADJmilitarista
B. Nmilitarista mf


nMilitarist(in) m(f)
References in classic literature ?
The profoundest and most excellent dispositions and orders seem very bad, and every learned militarist criticizes them with looks oks importance, when they relate to a battle that has been lost, and the very worst dispositions and orders seem very good, and serious people fill whole volumes to demonstrate their merits, when they relate to a battle that has been won.
Fukuda's predecessor Shinzo Abe chose China as the destination of his first official overseas trip in an effort to mend ties with Asian neighboring countries which had been damaged by repeated visits by Abe's predecessor Junichiro Koizumi to Yasukuni Shrine, which China sees as a symbol of Japan's militarist past.
Because she so dislikes the militarist right, Rosenberg cannot come to terms with Chile's amazing economic success today.
The poor people are in the losing end here and for sure those who are greedy of the pork barrel are rejoicing, the neoliberal economic managers and militarist US sympathizers, with the rejection of Ma'am Judy)
Many took those steps as concrete signs of his "real face" -- a hard-liner, an incorrigible militarist who would not hesitate to go all the way to crush Kurdish dissent en masse.
Adding fuel to the LDP's fire was its incumbent leader, Taro Aso, who, as a foreign minister, frayed the nerves of neighbors with ceaseless slips of the tongue justifying his country's militarist past.
Kumaratunga favors a negotiated settlement of the three-decade-long conflict between the government and Tamil rebels, while Rajapakse has been taking an increasingly militarist stance in recent months.
But I hope queers may yet play some part in the demoralization7' of the military, to the very degree they have suffered under the worst kinds of militarist morale.
Tamimi (Institute of Islamic Political Thought, UK) offers this analysis as a corrective, tracing the roots of the organization in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, describing the evolution of its ideology and political discourse, looking at its rivalry with the Palestinian Liberation Organization, analyzing its social and charitable activities, and describing the events that gave birth to its more militarist actions.
They maintain that Japanese leaders' visits to the shrine, which honors World War II Class-A war criminals along with the war dead, show Japan does not repent its militarist past.
The new law was denounced by Asian politicians and academics, and by Japanese groups who see the flag and anthem as symbols of Japan's militarist past.
Gosden, who had saddled two winners on the first day of the meeting, did so again, as he had taken the opening Wood Ditton Stakes with favourite Militarist, who beat market rival Harbinger by three-quarters of a length.