noun (plural caudillos)
(In Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries) a military or political leader.
- Borges was deep down an old-fashioned liberal, however, who despised the Spanish-American tradition of the caudillo (political strongman) and its vulgar populism.
- Characteristically, the dictatorship co-opted or eliminated political opponents and regional caudillos or bosses.
- In 1871, a liberal caudillo or military dictator, Justo Rufino Barrios, took power and ruled as president from 1873 to 1885.
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