Definition of blackshirt in English:


Syllabification: black·shirt
Pronunciation: /ˈblakˌSHərt


  • 1A member of a fascist organization, in particular.
  • 1.1(In Italy) a member of a paramilitary group founded by Mussolini.
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    • The quasi-official terror gangs of the 1920s - the Freikorps in Germany, blackshirts in Italy, and Black and Tans in Ireland - did not reappear.
    • Even Mussolini's fascism attracted Jabotinsky's Revisionist Party, and the Betar youth movement was, to some degree, modeled on the Italian blackshirts.
  • 1.2(In Nazi Germany) a member of the SS.
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    • His people are like the blackshirts of Nazi Germany.


1920s: so named because of the color of the Italian Fascist uniform.

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