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Abwehr

[ ahp-vair, ahb-; German ahp-veyr ]
/ ˈɑp vɛər, ˈɑb-; German ˈɑp veɪr /
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noun

the German high-command service for espionage, counterintelligence, and sabotage during World War II.

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Origin of Abwehr

<German: literally, defense (noun derivative of abwehren to defend, ward off), perhaps originally in a compound such as Spionageabwehr counterintelligence
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