[zahr-iz-uh m, tsahr-]



or tsar·ism, tzar·ism

[zahr-iz-uh m, tsahr-]


dictatorship; despotic or autocratic government.
the system of government in Russia under the czars.

Origin of czarism

First recorded in 1850–55; czar + -ism
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Examples from the Web for tsarism

Contemporary Examples of tsarism

  • Then she and Red got into an argument about Putin, the Russian character and when Tsarism and feudalism truly ended in Russia.

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    Vegan Strippers Let It All Hang Out

    Kelly Williams Brown

    March 29, 2014

Historical Examples of tsarism

  • They are monarchists and reactionaries, their hope being the restoration of tsarism.

  • But, in that case, in what do your tactics differ from the tactics of Tsarism?

  • It unites in a terrible synthesis all the worst agencies and methods of tsarism and of militarism.

  • Kaiserism was dead—deader even than Tsarism—because the Kaiser was still alive.

    The New Germany

    George Young

  • The gendarmerie of Tsarism throttled the workers who were fighting for the Socialist order.

British Dictionary definitions for tsarism




a system of government by a tsar, esp in Russia until 1917
absolute rule; dictatorship
Derived Formstsarist or czarist, noun, adjective



a variant spelling (esp US) of tsarism
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