Contras

contra

2 [kon-truh; Spanish kawn-trah]
noun, plural contras [kon-truhz; Spanish kawn-trahs] .
(often initial capital letter) a member of a counterrevolutionary guerrilla group in Nicaragua.

Origin:
< American Spanish, shortening of contrarrevolucionario counterrevolutionary

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contra
mid-14c., from L. contra (prep. and adv.) "against," originally "in comparison with," ablative singular feminine of *com-teros, from Old L. com "with, together" + -tr, zero degree of the comp. suffix -ter-.

Contra
1981, "anti-Sandinista Nicaraguan," short for Sp. contrarrevolucionario "counter-revolutionary."

Contras
see Contra.
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