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[san-duh-nee-stuh; Spanish sahn-dee-nees-tah] /ˌsæn dəˈni stə; Spanish ˌsɑn diˈnis tɑ/
noun, plural Sandinistas
[san-duh-nee-stuh z; Spanish sahn-dee-nees-tahs] /ˌsæn dəˈni stəz; Spanish ˌsɑn diˈnis tɑs/ (Show IPA)
a member of the Nicaraguan revolutionary movement that took control of Nicaragua in 1979.
Origin of Sandinista
1925-30, in sense “supporter of Sandino”; < American Spanish; see Sandino, -ist Unabridged
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noun (in Nicaragua)
  1. one of a left-wing group of revolutionaries who overthrew President Somoza in 1979 and formed a socialist coalition government. The Sandinistas were opposed militarily by the US-backed Contras during the 1980s and were defeated in a general election in 1990
  2. (as modifier): the Sandinista revolution
Word Origin
C20: from Spanish, named after Augusto César Sandino a Nicaraguan general and rebel leader, murdered in 1933
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Word Origin and History for Sandinista

member of a Nicaraguan revolutionary group, 1928, from Spanish, from name of Augusto César Sandino (1893-1934), Nicaraguan nationalist leader; the modern organization of this name was founded in 1963. Related: Sandanistas.

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