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From Latin bellic(us) +‎ -ism.



bellicism (uncountable)

  1. An inclination to war; warlike policy or behaviour.
    • 1962, Michael Howard, The Causes of Wars, p. 271:
      One cannot understand the causes of the First World War unless one appreciates the degree of bellicism in European society at that time, especially in Central Europe […].
    • 2003, Timothy Patrick Jackson, The Priority of Love, p. 126:
      Today the phrase "holy war" suggests a no holds barred fanaticism, a form of unbridled bellicism.
    • 2012, Christopher Clark, The Sleepwalkers, Penguin 2013, p. 295:
      Not all of France was inundated by the nationalist wave – it was predominantly young, intelligent Parisians who embraced the new bellicism […].