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Churchill, Sir Winston Line breaks: Sir Win|ston Chur|chill
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃəːtʃɪl/

Definition of Churchill, Sir Winston in English:

( 1874–1965), British Conservative statesman, Prime Minister 1940-5 and 1951-5; full name Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill.

He served as Home Secretary (1910–11) under the Liberals and as First Lord of the Admiralty 1911–15, but lost this post after the unsuccessful Allied attack on the Turks in the Dardanelles. A consistent opponent of appeasement between the wars, he replaced Neville Chamberlain as Prime Minister of the coalition government in 1940 and led Britain throughout the war, forging and maintaining the alliance which defeated the Axis Powers. His writings include The Second World War (1948–53) and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples (1956-8); he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953

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Churchillian

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Pronunciation: /tʃəːˈtʃɪlɪən/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The British literary establishment was much turned on, after the Second World War and Churchillian patriotism, by the irreverence and anti-intellectualism of the Angry Young Men.
  • Politicians, who rely heavily on senior officials for speech-writing, are increasingly annoyed that the results are falling well short of Churchillian standards.
  • The advocates of war cite the need for Churchillian resolve for their enterprise - and they are right.

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