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quisling

[ kwiz-ling ]
/ ˈkwɪz lɪŋ /
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noun

a person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government; fifth columnist.

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Origin of quisling

1940; after Vidkun Quisling (1887–1945), pro-Nazi Norwegian leader
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British Dictionary definitions for quisling

quisling
/ (ˈkwɪzlɪŋ) /

noun

a traitor who aids an occupying enemy force; collaborator

Word Origin for quisling

C20: after Major Vidkun Quisling (1887–1945), Norwegian collaborator with the Nazis
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