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

1855–60; war1 + lord

warlordism, noun
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warlord (ˈwɔːˌlɔːd)
a military leader of a nation or part of a nation, esp one who is accountable to nobody when the central government is weak: the Chinese warlords

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