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Kuomintang

[kwoh-min-tang, -tahng; Chinese gwaw-min-dahng] /ˈkwoʊˌmɪnˈtæŋ, -ˈtɑŋ; Chinese ˈgwɔˈmɪnˈdɑŋ/
noun
1.
the dominant political party of China from 1928 to 1949, founded chiefly by Sun Yat-sen in 1912 and led from 1925 to 1975 by Chiang Kai-shek; the dominant party of the Republic of China (Taiwan) since 1949.
Origin of Kuomintang
< Chinese (Wade-Giles) kuo2min2tang3, (pinyin) guómín dǎng national people's party, equivalent to guó nation + mín people + dǎng party; compare Tang, tong2
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  • The Nanking government was organized under Kuomintang rule in a form unique among modern states.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • In the meantime, the Communists maintained their separate party organization within the Kuomintang.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • The Kuomintang had relegated themselves to the occupancy of the least important branch of the government.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • Half of China was now under Kuomintang dominion, which operated through a council form of government.16 Then came the schism.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • Without the benefit of Russian advice, the Kuomintang might have become a political sect with long-range plans.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • As to the old Chinese social and political experience, the Kuomintang stressed study of China's past.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • Fortunately for their cause, the Kuomintang leaders were willing to learn and the Russians willing to teach.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • In October, 1923, a plan was drawn up for the reorganization of the Kuomintang, with the advice of Borodin.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • The Kuomintang leaders, on the other hand, had every reason to feel aggrieved at the Communists.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • The Japanese invasions culminating in open war made impossible the immediate abrogation of Kuomintang party dictatorship.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
British Dictionary definitions for Kuomintang

Kuomintang

/ˈkwəʊˈmɪnˈtæŋ/
noun
1.
the political party founded by Sun Yat-sen in 1911 and dominant in China from 1928 until 1949 under the leadership of Chiang Kai-shek. Since then it has been the official ruling party of Taiwan
Word Origin
C20: from Chinese (Mandarin): National People's Party, from kuo nation + min people + tang party
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Word Origin and History for Kuomintang

1912, Chinese nationalist party founded by Sun Yat-Sen, led after 1925 by Chiang Kai-Shek; from kuo "nation, nationalist" + min "people" + tang "party."

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Kuomintang in Culture
Kuomintang [(kwoh-min-tahng, kwoh-min-tang)]

A Chinese nationalist (see nationalism) political party founded by Sun Yat-sen, which gained control of China in the early twentieth century. Later, under the leadership of Chiang Kai-shek, it was defeated by the Chinese communists and became the ruling party of Taiwan, the island to which Chiang and his supporters had fled.

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