[ shtoorm-ahp-tahy-loo ng ]
/ ˈʃtʊərmˈɑpˌtaɪ lʊŋ /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sturmabteilung


/ German (ˈʃtʊrmˈaptailʊŋ) /


the full name of the Nazi SA

Word Origin for Sturmabteilung

literally: storm division

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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).

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