Sturmabteilung

Sturmabteilung

[shtoorm-ahp-tahy-loong]
noun
a political militia of the Nazi party, organized about 1923 and notorious for its violence and terrorism up to 1934, when it was purged and reorganized as an instrument of physical training and political indoctrination of German men; Brown Shirts.

Origin:
< German, equivalent to Sturm storm, troop of storm troopers + Abteilung division, department

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Sturmabteilung (ˈʃtʊrmˈaptailʊŋ)
 
n
the full name of the Nazi SA
 
[literally: storm division]

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Sturmabteilung
1923, from Ger., lit. "storm detachment;" paramilitary force of the Nazi Party, founded 1921, repressed 1934, also know by its initials, S.A., and as the Brown shirts (see brown).
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