quisling

[ kwiz-ling ]
/ ˈkwɪz lɪŋ /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. quirk,
  2. quirky,
  3. quirt,
  4. quis custodiet ipsos custodes?,
  5. quis separabit?,
  6. quisling, vidkun,
  7. quist,
  8. quit,
  9. quit while one's ahead,
  10. quit-rent

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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Word Origin and History for quisling

quisling

n.

1940, from Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), Norwegian fascist politician who headed the puppet government during the German occupation of Norway in World War II; shot for treason after German defeat. First used in London Times of April 15, 1940, in a Swedish context.

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