quisling

noun, often attributive
quis·​ling | \ ˈkwiz-liŋ How to pronounce quisling (audio) \

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quislingism \ ˈkwiz-​liŋ-​ˌi-​zəm How to pronounce quisling (audio) \ noun

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Vidkun Quisling was a Norwegian army officer who in 1933 founded Norway's fascist party. In December 1939, he met with Adolf Hitler and urged him to occupy Norway. Following the German invasion of April 1940, Quisling served as a figurehead in the puppet government set up by the German occupation forces, and his linguistic fate was sealed. Before the end of 1940, quisling was being used generically in English to refer to any traitor. Winston Churchill, George Orwell, and H. G. Wells used it in their wartime writings. Quisling lived to see his name thus immortalized, but not much longer. He was executed for treason soon after the liberation of Norway in 1945.

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warned that all quislings would be punished without mercy
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First Known Use of quisling

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quisling

Vidkun Quisling †1945 Norwegian politician who collaborated with the Nazis

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“Quisling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quisling. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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