Definition of quisling in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkwɪzlɪŋ


A traitor who collaborates with an enemy force occupying their country: [as modifier]: he had the Quisling owner of the factory arrested
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  • He's undermined our ability to stand up - we'll just be seen as potential traitors and quislings.
  • By which we ought to mean, the country will be in the hands of a puppet government, a government of quislings and collaborators, a government of pullovers and pushovers.
  • During the 1976-83 period, operations included the assassination of police informers and perceived quislings, bank robberies and attacks on the security forces and police stations.


Second World War: from the name of Major Vidkun Quisling (1887–1945), the Norwegian army officer and diplomat who ruled Norway on behalf of the German occupying forces (1940–45).

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