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quisling

[kwiz-ling] /ˈkwɪz lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government; fifth columnist.
Origin
1940
1940; after Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), pro-Nazi Norwegian leader
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British Dictionary definitions for quisling

quisling

/ˈkwɪzlɪŋ/
noun
1.
a traitor who aids an occupying enemy force; collaborator
Word Origin
C20: after Major Vidkun Quisling (1887–1945), Norwegian collaborator with the Nazis
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Word Origin and History for quisling
quisling
1940, from Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), Norwegian fascist politician who headed the puppet government during the Ger. occupation of Norway in World War II; shot for treason after Ger. defeat. First used in London "Times" of April 15, 1940, in a Swed. context.
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