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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Other Words from warlord

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

Examples of warlord in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The remains of an Anglo-Saxon warlord have been uncovered in southern England, in a pagan burial site that experts say lain undisturbed for more than 1,400 years. James Rogers, Fox News, "Ancient warlord’s skeleton and sword discovered after 1,400 years," 6 Oct. 2020 The Afghan negotiation teams face tough issues, including a permanent cease-fire and the disarming of tens of thousands of Taliban fighters and warlord militias. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: W. Coast wildfires or 'climate fires'?," 14 Sep. 2020 Less than three months after pro-government forces pushed a renegade warlord out of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, infighting within the government now threatens to unravel it and plunge the country into the next chapter of chaos. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "After ousting a renegade warlord, Libya’s pro-government forces turn on one another," 3 Sep. 2020 During the 1992-1996 civil war, Sayyaf’s fighters killed thousands of minority Shiite Muslims led by a rival warlord. Bloomberg.com, "Afghan President Names Council for Peace Deal With Taliban," 29 Aug. 2020 In his home district in the Chouf, where former warlord and Druze leader Walid Jumblatt is dominant, LiHaqqi supporters faced intimidation on the ground during the 2018 general election, Hassan said. Samya Kullab, Star Tribune, "Weeks after blast, Lebanon patronage system immune to reform," 25 Aug. 2020 Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a legendary 16th-century feudal warlord and samurai, sponsored some of Japan’s most lavish cherry blossom-viewing events. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Virtually Celebrate Peak Bloom With Ten Fun Facts About Cherry Blossoms," 4 Mar. 2020 The Shia warlords-cum-politicians who are Iraq’s real power-brokers will choose his successor, with input from Iran. The Economist, "Elites backed by Iran are clinging to power in Iraq," 5 Dec. 2019 The main antagonist is a warlord named Abdullah who has a harem that falls under the temporary protection of Sukhov. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "I was bored, so I watched the movie that astronauts must view before launch," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of warlord

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of warlord was in 1856

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13 Oct 2020

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“Warlord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warlord. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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