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

  • n. The government, rule, or office of a shogun.

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  • n. The administration of a shogun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The office or dignity of a Shogun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The office, power, or rule of a shogun; the government of a shogun.

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.)


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Japanese 将軍 ("shogun") + -ate.


  • They were banned, rounded up, and destroyed by the shogunate, which is why they are so rare today, and that is one of the survivors.

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  • The path to the shogunate is a long and arduous journey, made easier by such a vassal as Hattori Hanzo, but in this last volume of Path of the Assassin, Koike and Kojima will tell us just how difficult that journey can be.

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  • Japan's reactionary Tokugawa shogunate employed gunpowder to obliterate troublemakers and then banned all guns—even its own—for the sake of preserving the samurais' sword-wielding hegemony.

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  • Fillmore was an early champion of American commercial expansion in the Pacific, and in 1853 he sent a fleet of warships, under the command of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, to Japan to force its shogunate government to alter its traditional isolationism and enter into trade and diplomatic relations with the United States (primary source document: A Golden Rule for Foreign Affairs).

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  • "But if we assume that it's early 17th century, there's a possibility it was owned by Tokugawa Yorinobu, one of the sons of the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate that lasted for 300 years," Mr. Welch says.

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  • Yet you also want to send this gun there, so that the Ikko-ikki can use it to stand by your side when you take the shogunate.

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  • I wondered to myself why it was so important to Lord Tokugawa to have these guns—for the Ikko-ikki had pledged to his side in the battle for the shogunate.

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  • Lord Tokugawa would be free to take up the shogunate.

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  • In Japanese samurai film, this is done through the vehicle of the rise or the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate.

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  • It's an alternate history of feudal Japan in which a plague kills off 3/4ths of the men and women take over the shogunate.

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