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Soviet Army counter-espionage organization begun during World War II, 1953, from Russian abbreviation of smert' shpionam "death to spies." Introduced in English by "James Bond" author Ian Fleming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for smersh

  • SMERSH estimated his height at “183 centimeters, weight 76 kilograms, slim build.”

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