Wehrmacht

Wehrmacht

[vair-mahkht; German veyr-mahkht]
noun
the German armed forces of the years prior to and during World War II.

Origin:
< German, equivalent to Wehr defense + Macht force

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Wehrmacht (ˈveːrˌmaxt)
 
n
the armed services of the German Third Reich from 1935 to 1945
 
[from Wehr defence + Macht force]

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Wehrmacht
"the armed forces of Germany," 1935, from Ger. Wehrmacht (name of the armed forces 1921-1945), from Wehr "defense" (see weir) + Macht "might" (see might (n.)).
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