from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The domination of a political organization by a boss.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The control of politics by bosses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Slang, U. S. The rule or practices of bosses, esp. political bosses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US (politics) The domination of a political party by a single, powerful person (the boss)

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

  • noun domination of a political organization by a party boss


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  • Mankind in its imperfect wisdom

    Builds many a governing system,

    But powers entropic

    Inhere in this topic

    So tending them all toward bossism.

    January 23, 2017