caudillismo

[ kaw-dil-yiz-moh, ‐dee-yiz-; Spanish kou-thee-lyeez-maw, ‐thee-yeez-maw ]
/ ˌkɔ dɪlˈyɪz moʊ, ‐diˈyɪz-; Spanish ˌkaʊ ðiˈlyiz mɔ, ‐ðiˈyiz mɔ /

noun, plural cau·dil·lis·mos [kaw-dil-yiz-mohz, ‐dee-yiz-; Spanish kou-thee-lyeez-maws]. /ˌkɔ dɪlˈyɪz moʊz, ‐diˈyɪz-; Spanish ˌkaʊ ðiˈlyiz mɔs/.

a system of government by a caudillo.
a state or government in which a caudillo exercises absolute power.

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Origin of caudillismo

First recorded in 1955–60; from Spanish; caudillo + suffix -ismo -ism
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