Counter guerrilla


a member of a band of irregular soldiers that uses guerrilla warfare, harassing the enemy by surprise raids, sabotaging communication and supply lines, etc.
pertaining to such fighters or their technique of warfare: guerrilla strongholds; guerrilla tactics.
Also, guerilla.

1800–10; < Spanish, diminutive of guerra war (< Germanic; cf. war1); orig. in reference to the Spanish resistance against Napoleon; the name for the struggle erroneously taken as a personal noun

guerrillaism, noun
antiguerrilla, noun, adjective
counterguerrilla, adjective

gorilla, guerrilla. Unabridged
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guerrilla or guerilla (ɡəˈrɪlə)
1.  a.  a member of an irregular usually politically motivated armed force that combats stronger regular forces, such as the army or police
 b.  (as modifier): guerrilla warfare
2.  Compare phalanx a form of vegetative spread in which the advance is from several individual rhizomes or stolons growing rapidly away from the centre, as in some clovers
[C19: from Spanish, diminutive of guerrawar]
guerilla or guerilla
[C19: from Spanish, diminutive of guerrawar]
guer'rillaism or guerilla
gue'rillaism or guerilla

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Word Origin & History

1809, from Sp. guerrilla "body of skirmishers, skirmishing warfare," lit. "little war," dim. of guerra "war," from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. werra "strife, conflict, war;" see war). Acquired by Eng. during the Peninsular War (1808-1814), purists failed in their attempt to keep
this word from taking on the sense properly belonging to guerrillero "guerrilla fighter."
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