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A military commander exercising civil power in a region, whether in nominal allegiance to the national government or in defiance of it.

war′lord′ism n.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a military leader of a nation or part of a nation, esp one who is accountable to nobody when the central government is weak: the Chinese warlords.



1. a military commander, esp. of a warlike nation.
2. (esp. formerly in China) a military commander who has seized control of a region in a country.
war′lord`ism, n.


A military commander wielding civil power. Sometimes in nominal allegiance to the king or emperor, usually defying such control.
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Noun1.warlord - supreme military leader exercising civil power in a region especially one accountable to nobody when the central government is weakwarlord - supreme military leader exercising civil power in a region especially one accountable to nobody when the central government is weak
military leader - a leader of military forces


noun military leader, general a dictator and warlord who had oppressed his people
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(woː) noun
(an) armed struggle, especially between nations. Their leader has declared war on Britain; The larger army will win the war; the horrors of war; (also adjective) He is guilty of war crimes.
verbpast tense, past participle warred
to fight. The two countries have been warring constantly for generations.
ˈwarlike adjective
(negative unwarlike) fond of, or likely to begin, war. a warlike nation.
ˈwarrior (ˈwo-) noun
a soldier or skilled fighting man, especially in primitive societies. The chief of the tribe called his warriors together; (also adjective) a warrior prince.
war correspondent
a newspaper reporter who writes articles on a war especially from the scene of fighting.
ˈwar-cryplural ˈwar-cries noun
a shout used in battle as an encouragement to the soldiers. `For king and country' was the war-cry of the troops as they faced the enemy.
ˈwar-dance noun
a dance performed by the people of some primitive societies before going to war.
ˈwarfare noun
fighting, as in a war. He refused to fight, because he has religious objections to warfare.
ˈwarhead noun
the explosive section of a missile, torpedo etc. nuclear warheads.
ˈwarhorse noun
a horse used in battle.
ˈwarlord noun
a very powerful military leader.
ˈwarmonger noun
a person who encourages war(s), often for personal reasons.
ˈwarpaint noun
paint applied to the face etc by the people of some primitive societies before going into battle.
ˈwarship noun
a ship used in war or defence.
ˈwartime noun
the time during which a country, a people etc is at war. There is a great deal of hardship and misery in wartime; (also adjective) a wartime economy.
war of nerves
a war, contest etc in which each side tries to win by making the other nervous, eg by bluff, rather than by actually fighting. That game of chess was a war of nerves.
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And so presently Bert found himself sitting to eat in the presence of the "German Alexander"--that great and puissant Prince, Prince Karl Albert, the War Lord, the hero of two hemispheres.
The visitors then had a guided tour of the exhibition - which highlights major wartime figures including Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener, wartime poet Wilfred Owen and devoted nurse Edith Cavell - and features a speciallycreated cenotaph.
Richard made it to the shore on the Orkney Islands in Scotland after HMS Hampshire hit a mine, which resulted in the loss of 643 men, including Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener, who was on a mission to Russia.
Fighting erupted after the army stormed the house of war lord Ahmed
He had joined the Grenadier Guards in June 1914, and although Edward was willing to serve on the front lines, Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener refused to allow it, citing the immense harm that would occur if the heir to the throne was captured by the enemy.
A Japanese mission was sent to Spain in 1613 from what is now Sendai City, by powerful feudal war lord Date Masamune.
I am aware that there will be people who will say councils are profligate with the revenue support grant and it needs reducing because the nation is out of cash, but when I see talk of PS21m being handed to a war lord in Rwanda under the title of aid and even greater sums in aid going to nuclear armed countries in Asia, my reaction is charity starts at home and home is Middlesbrough and the North-east.
It was lost in 1916 when carrying Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener on a mission to Russia.
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Lenis and Missy (Misericordia) Clemens are 13 year old slave twins from the Pure Land attached to the airship Hiryu (Flying Dragon) which was being presented to the war lord Shogo lkaru in Shinzo.