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
Recent Examples on the Web This may sound like a technical squabble among quislings. David Z. Morris, Slate Magazine, 6 June 2017 The Republican rank and file, or at least the more aware ones—that’s excluding quislings like Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan—are already eyeing the exits. vanityfair.com, 18 May 2017 The Republican rank and file, or at least the more aware ones—that’s excluding quislings like Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan—are already eyeing the exits. Graydon Carter, The Hive, 18 May 2017 The Republican rank and file, or at least the more aware ones—that’s excluding quislings like Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan—are already eyeing the exits. vanityfair.com, 18 May 2017 The Republican rank and file, or at least the more aware ones—that’s excluding quislings like Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan—are already eyeing the exits. Graydon Carter, The Hive, 18 May 2017 The Republican rank and file, or at least the more aware ones—that’s excluding quislings like Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan—are already eyeing the exits. vanityfair.com, 18 May 2017 The Republican rank and file, or at least the more aware ones—that’s excluding quislings like Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan—are already eyeing the exits. vanityfair.com, 18 May 2017 The Republican rank and file, or at least the more aware ones—that’s excluding quislings like Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan—are already eyeing the exits. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, 18 May 2017

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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 1 Dec. 2021.

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quisling

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quisling

: a person who helps an enemy that has taken control of his or her country : traitor

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