noun Ab·wehr \ˈäp-ˌver\

Definition of Abwehr

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at 1off, 1weir

First Known Use: 1943

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