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praetorianism

[ pree-tawr-ee-uh-niz-uhm, -tohr- ]
/ priˈtɔr i əˌnɪz əm, -ˈtoʊr- /
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noun
the control of a society by force or fraud, especially when exercised through titular officials and by a powerful minority.
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Origin of praetorianism

First recorded in 1865–70; praetorian + -ism
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