Definition of warlord
1 : a supreme military leader
2 : a military commander exercising civil power by force usually in a limited area
warlordismplay \ˈwȯr-ˌlȯr-ˌdi-zəm\ noun
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The film will follow Hank, a young dog that attempts to save his town of Kakamucho from being invaded by a feline warlord.
A police officer says a close aide and relative of Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has been shot and killed in northwest Pakistan.
Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor), no slouch herself, accompanies Xena on her adventures through a fantasy version of ancient Greece, battling evil warlords and unjust gods.
The games usually drop players into far-flung locations in the underdeveloped world, pitting them against warlords or drug kingpins in a bid for survival.
The world’s most volatile region faces a challenge that doesn’t involve guns, militias, warlords, or bloodshed, yet is also destroying societies.
In their efforts to win over notoriously fickle warlords and chieftains, the officials say, the agency’s operatives have used a variety of personal services.
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Definition of warlord for English Language Learners
: a leader of a military group who is not officially recognized and who fights against other leaders, groups, or governments
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