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caudillismo

[kaw-dil-yiz-moh, ‐dee-yiz-; Spanish kou-th ee-lyeez-maw, ‐th ee-yeez-maw]
noun, plural cau·dil·lis·mos [kaw-dil-yiz-mohz, ‐dee-yiz-; Spanish kou-th ee-lyeez-maws] /ˌkɔ dɪlˈyɪz moʊz, ‐diˈyɪz-; Spanish ˌkaʊ ðiˈlyiz mɔs/.
  1. a system of government by a caudillo.
  2. a state or government in which a caudillo exercises absolute power.
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