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

  • n. A powerful, influential political figure who exercises leadership and control by force.
  • n. One who performs feats of strength, as at a circus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A performer who demonstrates feats of strength.
  • n. A man who competes in contests of physical strength.
  • n. A forceful or brutal person, usually applied to a ruler or tyrant.

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

  • n. a man who performs feats of strength at a fair or circus
  • n. a powerful political figure who rules by the exercise of force or violence


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  • But let’s step back for a moment: how far have we fallen when a leftist Latin American strongman is more persuasive in the international arena than the freaking President of the United States?

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  • Kremlin strongman Gordon Brown has once again shown the world that he's not a man to be messed with.

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  • He is no Baltasar Garzón, the flamboyant, media-hungry Spanish magistrate who sought the extradition of Chile's Augusto Pinochet on charges that the Latin American strongman had Spaniards tortured and killed — and who is now weighing a possible case against some top Bush administration lawyers who gave advice clearing the way for the alleged torture of terror suspects.

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  • Proof that the odd strongman is often preferable to the alternative.

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  • So the question of whether Bush should have installed a strongman is mute – it is like wondering what would happen if Bush could raise people from the dead.

    Matthew Yglesias » Green Lantern in Indochina

  • Fresh from nationalizing almost every capitalist enterprise that yields a profit (or used to anyway), Latin American strongman Hugo Chávez has found a new class enemy: golf.

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  • The Latin American strongman, his blond wife at his side, addresses the enraptured masses from the balcony of a presidential palace.

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  • Adding his own twist to the Latin American strongman railing against American policies, President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras began talking to journalists on Tuesday.

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  • The last thing Mexico needs is its own Chavez, an economic illiterate and Latin strongman in the socialist mold.

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  • It portrays him as a Latin American strongman waging class warfare with socialist rhetoric.

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