[san-duh-nee-stuh; Spanish sahn-dee-nees-tah]
noun, plural Sandinistas [san-duh-nee-stuhz; Spanish sahn-dee-nees-tahs] .
a member of the Nicaraguan revolutionary movement that took control of Nicaragua in 1979.

1925–30, in sense “supporter of Sandino”; < American Spanish; see Sandino, -ist Unabridged
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Sandinista (ˌsændɪˈniːstə)
a.  one of a left-wing group of revolutionaries who overthrew President Somoza in 1979 and formed a socialist coalition government. The Sandinistas were opposed militarily by the US-backed Contras during the 1980s and were defeated in a general election in 1990
 b.  (as modifier): the Sandinista revolution
[C20: from Spanish, named after Augusto César Sandino a Nicaraguan general and rebel leader, murdered in 1933]

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member of a Nicaraguan revolutionary group, 1928, from Sp., from name of Augusto César Sandino (1893-1934), Nicaraguan nationalist leader; the modern organization of this name was founded in 1963.
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