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Anschluss (AN-shloos) noun

A political union, especially the one unifying Nazi Germany and Austria in 1938.

[German, annexation, from anschliessen, to enclose, annex : an, on (from Middle High German ane, from Old High German ana.) + schliessen, to close, from Middle High German sliezen, from Old High German sliozan.]

"I am hopeful that we can get beyond the divisiveness of the last year without a return to the factionalism that made Reform such an easy target for Buchanan's Anschluss." Lenora Fulani, Will Reform Party Survive Splits?, Seattle Post - Intelligencer, Aug 8, 2000.

This week's theme: words from the German language.


Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, poet, dramatist, novelist, and philosopher (1749-1832)

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