de·​na·​zi·​fy (ˌ)dē-ˈnät-si-ˌfī How to pronounce denazify (audio)
denazified; denazifying

transitive verb

: to rid of Nazism and its influence
denazification noun

Examples of denazify in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prigozhin brushed aside all the ideological claims Putin has made about the war – the need to denazify Ukraine, the threat of NATO expansion – as just cover for self interest. Peter Rutland, Fortune, 25 June 2023 Calling for denazification in Ukraine is like calling for the U.S. to denazify because of the Proud Boys, Grygorenko said. Dallas News, 4 Mar. 2022 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov drew new attention to those tensions when he was asked in an Italian television interview how Russia could claim to denazify Ukraine when Mr. Zelensky is himself Jewish. David S. Cloud, WSJ, 2 May 2022 Putin initially sought to justify the invasion by saying his troops planned to ‘denazify’ the country, a claim that experts say is part of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign surrounding the war. Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2022 Captain Nowalsky, an American lawyer charged with denazifying Berlin, had also established the only Jewish orphanage in Berlin. Keren Blankfeld, New York Times, 7 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of denazify was in 1940

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“Denazify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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