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blackshirt Line breaks: black|shirt
Pronunciation: /ˈblakʃəːt/

Definition of blackshirt in English:


1A member of a Fascist organization, in particular:
1.1(In Italy) a member of a paramilitary group founded by Mussolini.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • His people are like the blackshirts of Nazi Germany.
1.3(In the UK) a supporter of Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists.
Example sentences
  • 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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