death squad


Definition of death squad

: any of various extremist groups whose members kill suspected political adversaries and criminals

Examples of death squad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2009, a special supreme court tribunal sentenced him to 25 years in prison for authorizing the operation of a death squad responsible for killing civilians. Abel Alvarado And Lauren Said-moorhouse, CNN, 4 Oct. 2021 With virtually no membership screening, oversight or internal discipline at this point in their history, the Rangers became something like a death squad. Washington Post, 2 July 2021 Why did Marian think that these randos could go up against a Danish death squad? Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 7 June 2021 Duarte’s public security secretary, Arturo Bermúdez, was charged with heading a death squad that disappeared at least 15 people. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2020 South Africa, conspiracy theorists point out, was the party with the death squad contacts handy. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 10 June 2020 Those disappearances raised suspicions they had been kidnapped by a death squad, either vigilantes or officially sanctioned. Time, 5 June 2020 The mid-1970s in Argentina saw the start of the Dirty War, in which right-wing death squads killed tens of thousands. Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2019 Untold decades of backing despots and death squads in Latin America produced the multitudes of desperate migrants who have come to our borders, pleading for help. Kevin Baker, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Death squad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of death squad

: a group of people who kill people who oppose a particular ruler or political group


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