[ pree-tawr-ee-uh-niz-uh m, -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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Examples 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.