zabernism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the German name for Saverne, a town in Alsace. Originated from an incident in 1913 involving an overzealous soldier who wounded a cobbler for laughing at him, ultimately triggering an intervention from the army who took over the power from local authorities.

Noun[edit]

zabernism (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) The misuse or abuse of military authority; bullying.