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  1. (esp in Spanish America) government by local political bosses
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Examples from the Web for caciquism

Historical Examples

  • This Caciquism is described as a despotism a hundred times worse than that of the absolute kings (p. 33).

    A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 4

    Henry Charles Lea

  • In addition to the social halo imparted by its possession, there is a condition grown out of it, known locally as “caciquism.”

  • Caciquism is the social and political prestige exercised by a local man or family.