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[kwiz-ling] /ˈkwɪz lɪŋ/
a person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government; fifth columnist.
Origin of quisling
1940; after Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), pro-Nazi Norwegian leader Unabridged
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  • Those who were destined for execution as soon as a quisling government was formed, were also not entitled to depart on the liner.

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  • Stan resolved that he was going to be one guest who fooled the Dutch quisling.

  • Stan was beginning to get the idea that the Dutch quisling disliked the military.

British Dictionary definitions for quisling


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

1940, from Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), Norwegian fascist politician who headed the puppet government during the German occupation of Norway in World War II; shot for treason after German defeat. First used in London Times of April 15, 1940, in a Swedish context.

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