[ pree-tawr-ee-uh-niz-uhm, -tohr- ]
/ priˈtɔr i əˌnɪz əm, -ˈtoʊr- /
the control of a society by force or fraud, especially when exercised through titular officials and by a powerful minority.
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Example sentences from the Web for praetorianism
If an autocracy does not rest on the army, which leads to the chaos of praetorianism, it must rely on 'panem et circenses.'Outspoken Essays|William Ralph Inge
The evil fame of the Italian cohorts has survived in the phrase “praetorianism” used to imply a venal military despotism.