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

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

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The warlord, a Salafi known as Sheikh Aboul Abbas, has received millions of dollars from the coalition to distribute among anti-Houthi factions, according to his aide, Adel al-Ezzi. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "'Unite with the devil': Yemen war binds US, allies, al-Qaida," 7 Aug. 2018 During the fighting, there are perpetrators (warlords, rebels, governments) and victims (innocent civilians who wind up hurt or killed). Alexis Okeowo, New York Times, "From the Rwandan Genocide to Chicago: A Young Author Survived to Tell Her Story," 7 May 2018 Seeking to reform Afghan’s political culture, President Ashraf Ghani has gone after warlords and strongmen who were long thought untouchable. Javid Ahmad, WSJ, "The Mafia That Threatens Afghanistan," 19 Sep. 2018 Firestone supplied rubber for the Allied powers during World War II and later cooperated with warlord Charles Taylor during the civil war of the 1990s. Nina Agrawal, latimes.com, "In New York's 'Little Liberia,' immigrants get ready to leave — or go underground," 6 Apr. 2018 Italy is suspected of quietly cutting deals with Libyan warlords who control the migration route. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "At French Outpost in African Migrant Hub, Asylum for a Select Few," 25 Feb. 2018 The demonstrators’ accusations echo those during Afghanistan’s civil war in the early 1990s, a battle of spoils among warlords, thugs and mujahedeen fighters that reduced parts of the country to anarchy. Ehsanullah Amiri, WSJ, "Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens of Afghans Protesting Local Official," 12 Sep. 2018 The coalition forces are comprised of a dizzying mix of militias, factions, tribal warlords and tribes with very local interests. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "'Unite with the devil': Yemen war binds US, allies, al-Qaida," 7 Aug. 2018 Wehrey crisscrossed the country, flew back and forth along the coast, and sat with warlords and Islamists of uncertain intentions. Dexter Filkins, New York Times, "Why Libya Continues to Burn," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of warlord

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of warlord

: a leader of a military group who is not officially recognized and who fights against other leaders, groups, or governments

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