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Sep 27, 2011
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boswell
quisling
schlemiel
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Vidkun Quisling
Quisling visiting a German propaganda exhibition, Oslo, 1944

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quisling

PRONUNCIATION:
(KWIZ-ling)

MEANING:
noun: A traitor, especially one who aids an invading enemy.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Major Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), Norwegian army officer who collaborated (1940-1945) with the German occupying forces during World War II and ruled Norway as head of the puppet government. He was shot for treason after the German defeat. Earliest documented use: 1940.

NOTES:
Benedict Arnold was another army officer whose name has turned into an eponym as a synonym for a traitor.

USAGE:
"Zoran Djindjic will be remembered as a quisling who enriched himself by selling his country to those who had waged war against it."
Neil Clark; The Quisling of Belgrade; The Guardian (London, UK); Mar 13, 2003.

See more usage examples of quisling in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. -John Kenneth Galbraith, economist (1908-2006)

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