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Military or imperial dictatorship; political authoritarianism.

Cae′sar·ist n.
Cae′sar·is′tic adj.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an autocratic system of government. See also Bonapartism
ˈCaesarist n
ˌCaesarˈistic adj


(ˈsi zəˌrɪz əm)

absolute government; imperialism.
Cae′sar•ist, n. adj.


the characteristics shown by a dictatorship or imperial authority. — Caesarist, n.
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Noun1.Caesarism - a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)Caesarism - a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
autocracy, autarchy - a political system governed by a single individual
police state - a country that maintains repressive control over the people by means of police (especially secret police)
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Repair would be your preference over derogation in case you saw as prohibitive certain major collateral costs or risks--say, of Caesarist rule or political breakdown--in trying to move along now without a supposedly binding constitution in force.
In his 1982 essay "Message from MARs: The Social Politics of the New Right," Francis urged the adoption of what he called a "Caesarist tactic." This quasi-dictatorial approach involved the assertion of executive power against the ostensible bastions of the managerial elite--"Congress, the courts, the bureaucracy, the media, etc." (14)
Unfortunately, there's no point looking to a Caesarist for more guidance than that.
But burgeoning executive power was a constitutional catastrophe waiting to happen--awaiting the right political moment and the right Caesarist leader.
(8.) Edward Paleit, "The 'Caesarist' Reader and Lucan's Bellum Civile, CA.
1580-1650 (Oxford, 2013); for the attitude towards Julius Caesar, conditioned by Lucan, see Edward Paleit, 'The Caesarist Reader and Lucan's Bellum Ciuile, ca.
For studies of James's imperial style, often described by scholars as a Caesarist Roman one, see Tristan Marshall, Theatre and Empire: Great Britain on the London Stages under James VI and I (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000), 31-39; Ralph Anthony Houlbrooke, James VI and I: Ideas, Authority, and Government (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2006), 53-58; Simon Wortham, " of My Taill is Yet Untolde': James VI and I.
The shock to confidence that it would send through the financial system would rapidly produce violent social conflict over an unequal division of property, collapsing (like the Social Wars of ancient Rome) into a Caesarist military despotism armed with all the resources of a modern commercial economy.
Students of the history and development of the presidency will see here early indications of what would become a more public critique of Roosevelt's Caesarist conception of the presidency in Taft's 1915 book, Our Chief Magistrate and His Powers.
At various times, certain historians have judged the dictatorships of Bolivar in Peru and Colombia in such a way as to attribute to him Caesarist ideas.
The means by which this was managed was by the intensification of various 'Caesarist' strategies, with which Blair himself was closely associated.