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Brown Shirt

or brown·shirt (broun′shûrt′)
1. A Nazi, especially a storm trooper.
2. A racist, especially a violent, right-wing one.

[Translation of German Braunhemd : braun, brown + Hemd, shirt.]



1. a storm trooper in Nazi Germany.
2. (sometimes l.c.) a Nazi.
[1930–35; so called from the color of the uniform shirt]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Brownshirt - a member of the Nazi SA which wore brown uniforms
SA, Storm Troops, Sturmabteilung - Nazi militia created by Hitler in 1921 that helped him to power but was eclipsed by the SS after 1943
Deutschland, FRG, Germany, Federal Republic of Germany - a republic in central Europe; split into East Germany and West Germany after World War II and reunited in 1990
German Nazi, Nazi - a German member of Adolf Hitler's political party
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Rolf knew things had changed when his teacher wore a Nazi brownshirt uniform instead of a suit.
And so we know that Bruno joined the party very early; that he was a brownshirt, or member of the SA, the paramilitary thugs who fought street battles with communists in the 1920s; that he carried out the occasional murder of a Social Democrat and intimidated opponents.
Like the best photomontages of John Heartfield (think of his Pan-German, 1933, with brownshirt Julius Streicher standing proudly astride a bloodied victim of Nazi street violence), Braun's war tableaux hold us, without mercy, to account.
Max Mosley is no saint; he's been described as a 'rather odious character' and his father led British Brownshirt Nazis before the War, but he has done nothing wrong - although Mrs Mosley might take a different view - by paying prostitutes to smack him around.
The movement's brownshirt tactics certainly evoke shades of Hitler Youth, as does the emphasis on physical fitness, clean living, and procreation for the Motherland.
with the jackbooted Brownshirt and the flea-inquiring Joseph K.
I was scared; the incident gave new meaning to the term brownshirt, but I wasn't hurt.
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At Donauworth a Brownshirt came on board and sat down in our compartment, a scarecrow of a man, so skinny and pimply that you wondered how he ever got beyond the Race Bureau.