from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Glorification of the ideals of a professional military class.
- n. Predominance of the armed forces in the administration or policy of the state.
- n. A policy in which military preparedness is of primary importance to a state.
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- n. an ideology which claims that the military is the foundation of a society's security, and thereby its most important aspect
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A military state or condition; a military system; reliance on military force in administering government.
- n. The spirit and traditions of military life.
- n. The view that military strength, efficiency and values should dominate the country's public policy choices and take precedence over other interests.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The military spirit; addiction to war or military practices; the maintenance of national power by means of standing armies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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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Fernandez sought to draw a clear line between what she called the militarism of other governments and the democracy she leads.
Like many boys of their day, Jon and his brothers reveled in militarism: They played with toy soldiers, shot frogs with BB guns, and made Revell fighter planes from kits.
The reason the rightwing hates war-hero John McCain, and never credited him with his obsession with fiscal conservatism and militarism, is he committed the cardinal sin: he restricted how they spent their money in elections.
Are we honoring the past or just reveling in militarism?
The poison of militarism is the most striking feature of the Bush Administration – the great public adulation of weapons of death and the fawning over the killer priests in uniform.
Unless one turns the definition of militarism inside out, as is done frequently in public policy writings, this description emphatically does not fit America.56 Individualistic, moneymaking America has never had much patience for uniforms or hierarchies.
How those connect to militarism is a subject for someone who really wants to look at America, not seel scapegoats.
I strongly suspect it has its origins in Japanese militarism/mobilization programs of the early Showa Period.
The impact of this neo-imperial militarism is felt around the world provoking resentment from former allies and unalloyed hatred from those who once responded to us with a mixture of admiration and hostility.
Is it a wild hope that the undertow of opposition to metaphysics in international relations, opposition to militarism, is less a cowardly provincialism than a groping for this higher cosmopolitan ideal?