Abwehr

noun
Ab·​wehr | \ ˈäp-ˌver How to pronounce Abwehr (audio) \

Definition of Abwehr

: an organization responsible for military intelligence in Germany from 1921 to 1944

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First Known Use of Abwehr

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Abwehr

borrowed from German, literally, “repulsion, fending off, defense (alluding to the organization's counterintelligence function),” noun derivative of abwehren “to fend off, parry, defend,” from ab- “down, from” (going back to Old High German ab, aba, preposition) + wehren “to defend, resist,” going back to Old High German werien, werren

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“Abwehr.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Abwehr. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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