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praetorianism

[pree-tawr-ee-uh-niz-uh m, -tohr-] /priˈtɔr i əˌnɪz əm, -ˈtoʊr-/
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1.
the control of a society by force or fraud, especially when exercised through titular officials and by a powerful minority.
Origin of praetorianism
1865-1870
First recorded in 1865-70; praetorian + -ism
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