- a military leader, especially of a warlike nation.
- a military commander who has seized power, especially in one section of a country.
Origin of warlord
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Examples from the Web for warlordism
We are going to face a future of warlordism and no law and order for several years if this continues.Libyan P.M. Kidnapped in Retaliation for U.S. Raid
October 10, 2013
Progressive-minded Afghans want to break out of this circle of warlordism once and for all.Memo to America: Stop Murdering My People
April 19, 2010
Karzai's harshest critics believe that he hasn't done enough to take on corruption and warlordism and the poppy trade.Is Saving Karzai Worth U.S. Lives?
November 12, 2009
- 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
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