Definition of blackshirt in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈblakʃəːt


  • 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.
  • 1.3(In the UK) a supporter of Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists.
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    • It was introduced in response to Mosley's fascists and their blackshirts.
    • You can hear party members recalling how they lined up milk bottles to throw at Mosley's blackshirts, fought tenant evictions, and organised Saturday night socials.
    • The leader of the British Union of Fascists, Sir Oswald Moseley, had planned to invade the East End with his blackshirts to intimidate the residents.


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

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