czarism

noun
czar·​ism | \ ˈzär-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce czarism (audio) , ˈ(t)sär- How to pronounce czarism (audio) \
variants: or less commonly tsarism or tzarism

Definition of czarism

1 : the government of Russia under the czars
2 : autocratic rule

Other Words from czarism

czarist or less commonly tsarist or tzarist \ ˈzär-​ist How to pronounce czarism (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web Lenin, Stalin and their epigones, despite their ideological rejection of czarism, acted as de facto Great Russian imperialists in assembling the Soviet Union and maintaining it by brute force. George Weigel, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2022 The difference between czarism and Leninism is the one between absolutism and totalitarianism. Josef Joffe, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2017 With the collapse of czarism, this commitment to gradual reform and the development of parliamentary institutions seemed outdated. Carolyn Harris, Smithsonian, 13 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of czarism

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Czarism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/czarism. Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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