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cacique

Syllabification: ca·cique
Pronunciation: /kəˈsēk
 
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Definition of cacique in English:

noun

1(In Latin America or the Spanish-speaking Caribbean) a native chief.
Example sentences
  • They lived under nine independent caciques or chiefs, and possessed a simple religion devoid of rites and ceremonies, but with a belief in a supreme being, and the immortality of the soul.
  • The Guarani caciques exchanged women to formalize their alliance with the Spanish against the hostile peoples of the Chaco.
  • She is traditionally represented with two other figures, that of a black henchman, el Negro Felipe, and of an Indian cacique, Guaicapuro.
2(In Spain or Latin America) a local political boss.
Example sentences
  • Tlatoani (head honcho), cacique, and caudillo - these words glisten on the pages of the derisive gubernatorial lexicon.
  • Many such communities are still ruled by caciques (local strongmen) according to ‘uses and customs,’ which may fly in the face of such constitutional rights as religious freedom.
  • It was committed to class struggle in a country that had scarcely had a bourgeois revolution, and to political action in spite of the manipulation of elections by local landowners or caciques.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Spanish or French, from Taino.

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