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warlord

[wawr-lawrd] /ˈwɔrˌlɔrd/
noun
1.
a military leader, especially of a warlike nation.
2.
a military commander who has seized power, especially in one section of a country.
3.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; war1 + lord
Related forms
warlordism, noun
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warlord

/ˈwɔːˌlɔːd/
noun
1.
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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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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