martinet

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A stiff commissariat officer of sixty, famous as a martinet, had then become enamoured of the gravity with which she drove the proprieties four-in-hand through the cathedral town society, and had solicited to be taken beside her on the box of the cool coach of ceremony to which that team was harnessed.
"On the other hand, any degree of intolerance on criticism may lead us to become martinets, or worst, tyrants.