war·lord | \ ˈwȯr-ˌlȯrd \

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 \ noun

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More than 125 locals were gunned down on July 12, 1990, by forces under warlord Charles Taylor in what became known as the Bakiedou Massacre, one of many mass killings of civilians during the brutal tribal war in Liberia between 1989 and 1997. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "'The only good Krahn man is a dead Krahn man': How culpable is Delco resident for ethnic atrocities in Liberia?," 22 June 2018 Even in Chechnya, where warlords were at one point decapitating hostages and posting their heads on spikes, the Frenchman managed to stay safe. Janine Di Giovanni, Newsweek, "In Syria, Reporters Are Targets for Kidnapping," 29 Apr. 2014 Ramzan Kadyrov, a Chechen warlord who has pacified the restive Muslim region on Moscow’s orders at the cost of hundreds of alleged extrajudicial killings, got to parade Egypt’s soccer star Mohamad Salah in the stadium of regional capital Grozny. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "World Cup Gives Putin’s Policies a Global Stage," 13 June 2018 The appeals court at The Hague on Friday ruled in a majority opinion to acquit the former warlord, finding that Bemba had been erroneously convicted. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "DRC warlord Bemba 18-year jail sentence overturned," 8 June 2018 This past weekend’s games were supposed to be part of a large, structured tournament recreating the famed Operation: Black Hawk Down when U.S. Delta Force soldiers battled Somali warlords. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Like 'Call of Duty' but a lot more fun: Weekend warriors play paintball scenarios in Crete," 2 July 2018 Despite a very recent historical reputation as a corrupt sectarian warlord, Sadr today has emerged as Iraq’s standard bearer for secularism and reform. Thanassis Cambanis, BostonGlobe.com, "How did Iraq’s Moqtada al-Sadr become a statesman? People just got used to him," 26 May 2018 The former warlord was acquitted of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the appeals court at the ICC last week. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Congo warlord acquitted of war crimes to be released," 13 June 2018 Sometimes, conflict flares up as a result of a dispute between local warlords. The Economist, "Myanmar’s government sits by while the army goes on the offensive," 17 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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