war·​lord | \ ˈwȯr-ˌlȯrd How to pronounce warlord (audio) \

Definition of warlord

1 : a supreme military leader
2 : a military commander exercising civil power by force usually in a limited area

Other Words from warlord

warlordism \ ˈwȯr-​ˌlȯr-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce warlord (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Per the British Library’s Hetta Elizabeth Howes, historical records show that a man named Arthur led resistance against the Saxons and Jutes around the fifth and sixth centuries C.E.; some Welsh accounts reference a similarly gifted warlord. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 July 2022 Dan Chase is living a quiet, off-the-grid life when a major mistake from his past — involving an Afghani warlord with a decades-old grudge — sends him back on the run. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 10 June 2022 Afghan militia members gather with their weapons in Herat on July 9 to support Afghan security forces against the Taliban in the home of Afghan warlord and former mujahadeen leader Ismail Khan. Courtney Kube, NBC News, 18 May 2022 She’s wanted by Julius (Dominic Cooper), the classic spurned-invading-warlord who wants to conquer a kingdom and force his ‘legitimacy’ by marrying the existing King’s daughter—a classic rom-com meet-cute. Jeff Ewing, Forbes, 1 July 2022 The former rural warlord had stayed on the run for more than a decade by corrupting state officials and aligning himself with combatants on the left and right. Colleen Barry, USA TODAY, 7 June 2022 In 2019, Wagner began to fight in the Libyan civil war, supporting a campaign by the warlord Khalifa Haftar to overthrow the country’s internationally recognized government. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, 30 May 2022 Evmolpus was a Thracian king and famous warlord who could talk with the gods. Sarah Souli, Travel + Leisure, 18 June 2022 Running since 2011, the satirical show is set in Uganda, where two Mormon missionaries try to spread the teachings of the church to local residents more concerned about famine, HIV/AIDS, and the actions of a warlord. Barbara Schuler, Travel + Leisure, 3 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of warlord

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Warlord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warlord. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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