nom de guerre

\ ˌnäm-di-ˈger How to pronounce nom de guerre (audio) \
plural noms de guerre\ ˌnäm(z)-​di-​ˈger How to pronounce noms de guerre (audio) \

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alias, pseudonym

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Examples of nom de guerre in a Sentence

an acerbic and provocative blogger known to most only by her online nom de guerre

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The Caretaker is one of several nom de guerres used by James Leyland Kirby, a fortysomething English electronic musician. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "The Caretaker’s Musical Project Is One Part Psychological Experiment, One Part Auditory Revelation," 14 Dec. 2018 The council official, who spoke on condition of being identified only by his nom de guerre Mohammed Abu Adel in line with regulations, said other coalition forces may take over if the U.S. decides to withdraw. Sarah El Deeb, Fox News, "US forces in Syria seen setting up new front-line positions," 4 Apr. 2018 Khalil al-Wazir, known by his nom de guerre Abu Jihad, was the founder along with Arafat of Fatah, the dominant faction in the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Aron Heller, Fox News, "Israel's Mossad spy agency shrouded in mystery and mystique," 1 May 2018 People projected lit firecrackers with makeshift launchers during the burial of Mr. Zepeda, whose nom de guerre was Commander Chabelo. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Barricades and Empty Streets: Nicaragua’s Leader Loses Control," 18 June 2018 Other torturers named by detainees are Emirati officers known to prisoners by their noms de guerre: Abu Udai, Abu Ismail, and Hitler. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "Yemeni prisoners say Emirati officers sexually torture them," 21 June 2018 Wahib, who used the nom de guerre Abu Wahib , fought for ISIS in Iraq but, at one time, had also been viewed as an heir to former al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi, something that never materialized. Jack Moore, Newsweek, "U.S. Kills ISIS's ' 'Desert Lion' Executioner in Iraq Air Strike," 10 May 2016 The Kurdish bomber, identified as Zuluh Hemo, 20, had fought under the nom de guerre Avesta Habur, according to a statement from her military organization, the Women’s Protection Units, or Y.P.J., which is part of the Syrian Democratic Forces. Rod Nordland, New York Times, "Female Kurdish Fighter Kills Turkish Troops in Likely Suicide Bombing in Syria," 28 Jan. 2018 In 2002, Haspel oversaw a secret CIA detention facility in Thailand where interrogators waterboarded two al-Qaeda suspects — Zayn al-Abidin Muhammed Hussein, better known by the nom de guerre Abu Zubaida, and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. Shane Harris, Washington Post, "Undercover to under scrutiny: Gina Haspel, nominee to head CIA, to face Senate grilling," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of nom de guerre

1680, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nom de guerre

French, literally, war name

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