nom de guerre

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

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an acerbic and provocative blogger known to most only by her online nom de guerre
Recent Examples on the Web Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, who went by the nom de guerre Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was gunned down on the streets of Tehran by two assassins on a motorcycle on Aug. 7, the anniversary of the embassy attacks. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Al Qaeda’s No. 2, Accused in U.S. Embassy Attacks, Was Killed in Iran," 13 Nov. 2020 Yadah, who is known by his nom de guerre Ben Tatoo, is one of the main suspects in the 2016 beheadings in Sulu of two Canadian tourists who were taken hostage by ransom-seeking Abu Sayyaf gunmen. Jim Gomez, Star Tribune, "Philippines captures suspected Indonesian would-be bomber," 9 Oct. 2020 Better known by his nom de guerre, Brother Duch, or simply Duch, the onetime mathematics teacher turned torturer died Sept. 2 at a hospital in Phnom Penh. Washington Post, "Kaing Khek Iev, Khmer Rouge security chief known as ‘Brother Duch,’ dies at 77," 2 Sep. 2020 That name was one that the U.S. intelligence was not familiar with and turned out to be a new nom de guerre that al Mawla, who goes by a number of other names, was using. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "US to label new ISIS leader a 'specially designated global terrorist'," 17 Mar. 2020 Some analysts suggest al-Hashimi could be Abdullah’s nom de guerre. Joseph Hincks, Time, "A New ISIS Recording Names al-Baghdadi's Successor. Here's What to Know About the New Leader," 1 Nov. 2019 The group typically identifies its leaders using noms de guerre that refer to their tribal affiliation and lineage. Anchorage Daily News, "Islamic State group announces successor to al-Baghdadi," 31 Oct. 2019 In June, prosecutors indicted Igor Girkin, a former colonel in Russia’s Federal Security Service, the successor agency to the K.G.B., who went by the nom de guerre Strelkov, or the Shooter. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Murder Trial of Russian Ex-Agents Opens for Downed Malaysia Airlines Flight," 9 Mar. 2020 One source who worked in the shipping business described a relationship with a Jaysh al Mahdi commander, who went by the nom de guerre al Mullah. Zack Kopplin, The New Republic, "Before the U.S. Bombed Soleimani’s Terrorists, It Bribed Them," 10 Jan. 2020

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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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19 Nov 2020

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“Nom de guerre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nom%20de%20guerre. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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