[shtoo rm-ahp-tahy-loo ng]
- a political militia of the Nazi party, organized about 1923 and notorious for its violence and terrorism up to 1934, when it was purged and reorganized as an instrument of physical training and political indoctrination of German men; Brown Shirts.
Origin of Sturmabteilung
< German, equivalent to Sturm storm, troop of storm troopers + Abteilung division, department
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- the full name of the Nazi SA
literally: storm division
Word Origin and History for sturmabteilung
1923, from German, literally "storm detachment;" paramilitary force of the Nazi Party, founded 1921, repressed 1934, also know by its initials, S.A., and as the Brown shirts (see brown).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper