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Stalin

[stah-lin, -leen, stal-in; Russian stah-lyin] /ˈstɑ lɪn, -lin, ˈstæl ɪn; Russian ˈstɑ lyɪn/
noun
1.
Joseph V (Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili or Dzugashvili) 1879–1953, Soviet political leader: secretary general of the Communist Party 1922–53; premier of the U.S.S.R. 1941–53.
2.
a former name of Donetsk.
3.
former name of Varna.
4.
former name of Braşov.
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Stalin1

/ˈstɑːlɪn/
noun
1.
Also called Stalino a former name (from after the Revolution until 1961) of Donetsk
2.
the former name (1950–61) of Braşov
3.
the former name (1949–56) of Varna

Stalin2

/ˈstɑːlɪn/
noun
1.
Joseph. original name Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili. 1879–1953, Soviet leader; general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1922–53). He succeeded Lenin as head of the party and created a totalitarian state, crushing all opposition, esp in the great purges of 1934–37. He instigated rapid industrialization and the collectivization of agriculture and established the Soviet Union as a world power
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Word Origin and History for Stalin

Russian, literally "steel," assumed name of Soviet Communist Party and Soviet Union leader Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili (1879-1953). Cf. Molotov.

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