white guard

noun

sometimes capitalized W&G
: a reactionary or counterrevolutionary force or party

Word History

Etymology

from the White Guard, anti-Communist force organized in Finland in 1918

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of white guard was in 1918

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“White guard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20guard. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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