warlord

[ wawr-lawrd ]
/ ˈwɔrˌlɔrd /
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noun

a military leader, especially of a warlike nation.
a military commander who has seized power, especially in one section of a country.

Nearby words

  1. warless,
  2. warlessly,
  3. warley,
  4. warlike,
  5. warlock,
  6. warlpiri,
  7. warm,
  8. warm as toast,
  9. warm front,
  10. warm heart

Origin of warlord

First recorded in 1855–60; war1 + lord

Related formswar·lord·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for warlordism

warlord

/ (ˈwɔːˌlɔːd) /

noun

a military leader of a nation or part of a nation, esp one who is accountable to nobody when the central government is weakthe Chinese warlords
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Word Origin and History for warlordism

warlord

n.

1856, from war (n.) + lord (n.). Often a translation of German Kriegsherr or Chinese junfa.

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