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Syllabification: So·mo·za
Pronunciation: /səˈmōsə, -zə

Definition of Somoza in English:

1The name of a family of Nicaraguan statesmen.
1.1 Anastasio ( 1896–1956), president 1937–47 and 1951–56; full name Anastasio Somoza García. He took presidential office following a military coup in 1936 and ruled Nicaragua as a virtual dictator.
1.2 Luis ( 1922–67), president 1957–63; son of Anastasio; full name Luis Somoza Debayle.
1.3 Anastasio ( 1925–80), president 1967–79; younger brother of Luis; full name Anastasio Somoza Debayle. His dictatorial regime was overthrown by the Sandinistas, and he was assassinated while in exile in Paraguay.

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