czarism

noun
czar·ism | \ˈzär-ˌi-zəm, ˈ(t)sär- \
variants: or less commonly tsarism or tzarism

Definition of czarism 

1 : the government of Russia under the czars

2 : autocratic rule

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czarist or less commonly tsarist or tzarist \ˈzär-ist, ˈ(t)sär- \ noun or adjective

Examples of czarism in a Sentence

historically, during times of national crisis, people have looked to czarism as an answer to their fears

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The difference between czarism and Leninism is the one between absolutism and totalitarianism. Josef Joffe, New York Times, "The First Totalitarian," 19 Oct. 2017 With the collapse of czarism, this commitment to gradual reform and the development of parliamentary institutions seemed outdated. Carolyn Harris, Smithsonian, "In a Czar-less Russia, Winning Was Easy. Governing Was Harder.," 13 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of czarism

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near czarism

czarevna

czarina

czarish

czarism

czaritza

Czech

czechize

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