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Sunday, July 09, 2006

quisling

\KWIZ-ling\ , noun;
1.
Someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying his or her country; a traitor.
Quotes:
I strung around rope and hoped to deter the deer from leaping but they sent in their quisling minions under the cover of darkness.
-- Chapel Hill Treehouse, May 1, 2006
This circle had already closed ranks around Tito in the prewar period of illegal struggle, and our ensuing sacrifices, our suffering, the exploits of both Party and people as they made war against the Nazi and Fascist occupiers and their quislings and supporters, had only further toughened and hardened the leaders.
-- Milovan Djilas, Fall of the New Class
Origin:
A quisling is so called after Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), Norwegian politician and officer who collaborated with the Nazis.
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