Definition of blackshirt in English:

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blackshirt

Pronunciation: /ˈblakʃəːt/

noun

1(In Italy) a member of the paramilitary wing of the National Fascist Party 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.
1.1(In the UK) a supporter of Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists.
1.2(In Nazi Germany) a member of the SS.
Example sentences
  • His people are like the blackshirts of Nazi Germany.

Origin

1920s: so named because of the colour of the uniforms worn by members of the respective organizations.

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