a member of a band of irregular soldiers that uses guerrilla warfare, harassing the enemy by surprise raids, sabotaging communication and supply lines, etc.
pertaining to such fighters or their technique of warfare: guerrilla strongholds;guerrilla tactics.
of or relating to an unauthorized, edgy, or disruptive version of an activity: guerrilla filmmaking on a busy sidewalk;guerilla gardening to beautify an abandoned lot.
- guer·ril·la·ism, noun
- an·ti·guer·ril·la, noun, adjective
- coun·ter·guer·ril·la, adjective
- gorilla, guerrilla
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How to use guerrilla in a sentence
Obfuscation tactics are a sort of guerrilla warfare approach to the lack of privacy protections.This tool lets you confuse Google’s ad network, and a test shows it works | Konstantin Kakaes | January 6, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
In the face of the military onslaught, Sharpe soon lost control of his followers, and what followed were weeks of guerrilla fighting, crop burning and executions of resisters.
Although the federal government now controls key towns in the region, the conflict still continues within its urban areas, with TPLF shifting to a guerrilla battle tactics.Ethiopia won its armed battle over Tigray, but it hasn’t won the political war just yet | Samuel Getachew | December 4, 2020 | Quartz
He organized men from Jones, Jasper, Covington and Smith counties into a guerrilla band known as the Knight Company.These Pioneers Tried to Get the Confederate Flag Out of Mississippi 156 Years Ago | Fiona Zublin | December 3, 2020 | Ozy
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The company decided to use what Okochi calls “guerrilla marketing.”
It has been inaccessible for weeks as Israeli bombardment and troops try to take out heavy guerrilla resistance.
guerrilla forces have been taking people hostage since warfare began.
The White House is leaning toward providing Ukraine with guerrilla-like arms such as IEDs, mortars, small arms and grenades.CIA Director’s Trip to Kiev Was a Warning to Putin | Leslie H. Gelb | April 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Another plausible and perhaps less risky measure: help prepare Ukrainians for guerrilla war against an invading Russian force.Obama Must Show He’ll Use Military Means to Deter Russia in Ukraine | Leslie H. Gelb | March 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
From the very first of the war their work was to help exterminate the guerrilla bands which infested the State.
The guerrilla loss he reported at fifty-two left dead on the field and one hundred and twenty-five wounded.
He is said to be making for Kirksville, where he expects to be joined by the guerrilla bands of northwestern Missouri.
With a groan and a curse the guerrilla chieftain yielded himself a prisoner.
The new day had hardly begun when the guerrilla hordes poured down on Foster's little army, confident of an easy victory.
British Dictionary definitions for guerrilla
a member of an irregular usually politically motivated armed force that combats stronger regular forces, such as the army or police
(as modifier): guerrilla warfare
a form of vegetative spread in which the advance is from several individual rhizomes or stolons growing rapidly away from the centre, as in some clovers: Compare phalanx
- guerrillaism or guerillaism, noun
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