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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In the future, most of Earth is covered by water and the only land is controlled by a warlord and his army of sharks. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Many of the warlords, militias and rebel groups who gave up their separatist struggles in exchange for greater autonomy in recent decades, have used that freedom to fund themselves through the drug trade. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Asia's meth trade is worth an estimated $61B as region becomes 'playground' for drug gangs," 18 July 2019 His most popular characters include Solomon Kane, a gun-slinging Puritan; Kull, a swashbuckler from Atlantis; and Bran Mak Morn, a Pictish warlord who battled the Romans in ancient Britain. John J. Miller, National Review, "The Fantastic Robert E. Howard," 11 July 2019 The Libyan government blamed an air strike by forces under the command of Khalifa Haftar, a warlord who controls much of eastern Libya. The Economist, "Politics this week," 6 July 2019 President Donald Trump spoke to Hiftar by phone in April and expressed appreciation for the warlord's role in countering terrorism — a move that raised alarm in Congress. NBC News, "Airstrike hits migrant detention center in Libya, 40 killed," 3 July 2019 Faisal Gill, the lawyer who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the families, said Hifter is essentially a warlord who uses the battle against Islamic extremism as an excuse to grab power and try to consolidate control of the country. Washington Post, "Families sue Libyan commander who once lived in Virginia," 27 June 2019 The first represents your in-game persona: a wizened warlock, blue-haired witch, a demon warlord, or an ethereal creature with far too many arms. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Sorcerer’s greatest trick? Shrinking a CCG experience into a single box," 22 June 2019 Some members of Sudan’s military and intelligence service view the RSF as an untrained militia under the command of a warlord. Justin Lynch, The New Republic, "The West’s Complicity in Sudan’s Massacres," 18 June 2019

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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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