Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Military or imperial dictatorship; political authoritarianism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. autocracy
  • n. democratic dictatorship

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A system of government in which unrestricted power is exercised by a single person, to whom, as Cæsar or emperor, it has been committed by the popular will; imperialism; also, advocacy or support of such a system of government.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Government resembling that of a Cæsar or emperor; despotic sway exercised by one who has been placed in power by the popular will; imperialism in general.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)

Etymologies

Caesar +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Calling executive actions with which you do not agree "Caesarism" is in reality a high brow version of calling conservatives Nazis.

    Balkinization

  • The term Caesarism is used as a pejorative, denoting any form of "military or imperial dictatorship; political authoritarianism" (The American Heritage?

    The Caesar Factor

  • It is clear also that the Chancellor must have forgotten his English history for the moment, for though Cromwell's rule may be called Caesarism of a kind, the reign of William III, of “glorious, pious, and immortal memory,” which followed the revolution of 1688, could not fairly be so named.

    William of Germany

  • The worst form of slavery is that which is called Caesarism, or the choice of some bold or brilliant man as despot because he is suitable.

    Heretics

  • It fell to his National Alliance partner Gianfranco Fini, who is speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, to warn against a tendency to "Caesarism" and to ideological conformism in the new party.

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  • The myth of Caesar and "Caesarism" continued over centuries and appeared to regain intensity between the end of the 18th century and 19th century: interest for the ancient Romans and their protagonists explodes again with force in the century of Illuminism and among its protagonists, and one has only to recall the inheritance which came later in the character and role of Napoleon I.

    Art Knowledge News

  • Liberty is the strengthening and developing power -- the light and heat of political nature; and when some 'Caesarism' exhibits as it sometimes will an originality of mind, it is only because it has managed to make its own the products of past free times or neighbouring free countries; and even that originality is only brief and frail, and after a little while, when tested by a generation or two, in time of need it falls away.

    Physics and Politics, or, Thoughts on the application of the principles of "natural selection" and "inheritance" to political society

  • He distrusted socialism ” as leading inevitably to 'Caesarism' ” yet loathed capitalism; autocracy and revolution he saw as alternate faces of a base coin.

    Conrad's Politics

  • Conservatives often have looked askance at presidential power as democracy's temptation toward Caesarism.

    Republicans, Just Waiting

  • The academical military school excommunicated him, and as it lost its footing; hence, the implacable rancor of the old Caesarism against the new; of the regular sword against the flaming sword; and of the exchequer against genius.

    Les Miserables

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