death squad


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Nearly 75 years had passed since Ferencz secured convictions against 22 Nazi death squad commanders responsible for the murder of more than 1 million Jews and others. Rich Schapiro, NBC News, 15 Jan. 2023 After running away from Fjölnir’s death squad, Amleth is found by Vikings and trained to be a warrior who raids villages, grabs spears out of midair and throws them back at his attackers, and stands by as women and children are sold off and killed. Vulture, 27 Apr. 2022 Franco’s forces and his fascist allies to an Andalusian marquess who sets out to hunt communists with his personal death squad to a militia woman who saves the life of a right-wing lawyer out of compassion. Liza Foreman, Variety, 6 Nov. 2022 Moses Ingram stars as Inquisitor Reva, a powerful Sith force-user from Darth Vader’s death squad tasked with finding and killing the universe’s remaining Jedis. Carson Burton, Variety, 28 May 2022 Danilov also claimed that Ukraine had been tipped off to the death squad by sources within Russia’s Federal Security Service. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 2 Mar. 2022 During this time, Rogelio also allegedly worked with the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, a 30,000-strong paramilitary death squad that partnered with the Oficina. Anchorage Daily News, 27 Dec. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of death squad was in 1873

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“Death squad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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