strongman


strongman
[[t]strɒ̱ŋgmæn, AM strɔ͟ːŋ-[/t]]
strongmen
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If you refer to a male political leader as a strongman, you mean that he has great power and control over his country, although his methods may sometimes be violent or morally wrong. [JOURNALISM]

He was a military strongman who ruled the country after a coup.


English dictionary. 2008.