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

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

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  • n. A high military officer in a warlike nation.
  • n. A local ruler or bandit leader usually where the government is weak.

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  • n. supreme military leader exercising civil power in a region especially one accountable to nobody when the central government is weak


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  • The term warlord is applied to the commanders of the Afghan resistance who fell out with each other after the defeat of the Soviets.


  • This NY Times article on a Pentagon-funded Afghani warlord is classic - the US military has anointed an illiterate highway police officer with more wealth (gets paid $2.5 million/month!!), and more power than any democratically elected or appointed official in the region!

    good business

  • Another Northern Alliance warlord is running for first VP.

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  • The Bible Belt that we see through the eyes of Rakkim Epps, a Moslem “shadow warrior” assigned to penetrate the top secret project of a charismatic warlord, is weak, backward, fragmented, superstitious, corrupt and in thrall to foreign powers, yet it is also freer, more tolerant and more hopeful than its Islamic counterpart.

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  • A Chinese warlord is involve, reminding Gibson of the Shadow, and plenty of cameos, most significantly by Doc Smith and Robert Heinlein, among others.

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  • In June the main Somali warlord, Gen. Mohammed Farah Aidid, for whom food was a weapon in his power struggle, ambushed a U.N. force, killing 24 Pakistanis.

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  • The Somali warlord is dead and that’s now how he saw himself in the future is it?

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  • The combination of style and flair for adventure is quite astonishing as this decades old tale eventual teams the title warlord and the extremely dark-skinned Eric John Stark.

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  • Now Bryan writes, statements like "To break a warlord equilibrium, you need government" only confuse us.

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  • The warlord was a born warrior and a powerful necromancer.



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