A Word A Day : Martinet
Thursday, 13th December 2007 : Today's Word is ...
( Noun )
Pronunciation : maart'-nét
1. a military officer who demands absolute adherence to military rules and behavior
2. somebody who imposes strict discipline on others
3. one who imposes or favors absolute obedience to authority
Late 17th century. After Jean Martinet (died 1672), French drillmaster
authoritarian, bully, despot, drillmaster, drill sergeant, enforcer, hard master, slavedriver, stickler, taskmaster, tyrant, absolutist, adviser, autocrat, baron, boss, caesar, caliph, chief, commander, czar, despot, disciplinarian, duce, emir, fascist, kaiser, lama, leader, lord, magnate, master, mogul, oligarch, oppressor, overlord, rajah, ringleader, sachem, shah, sheik, slave driver, strongman, sultan, terrorist, tycoon, usurper
• The crew of the ship rebelled when they realized that the captain was a martinet
who demanded obedience without thought to consequences.
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