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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.]
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1. a storm trooper in Nazi Germany.
2. (sometimes l.c.) a Nazi.
[1930–35; so called from the color of the uniform shirt]
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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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But why cast these extragalactic Brownshirts in virtuous white?
But the Democrats have grown so evil, so smug in their cynical character assassination of fine Americans (not to mention harassing cripples in airports, rioting in the streets, behaving like Hitler's Brownshirts generally) it bothers me that they feel untouchable in their "safe havens" of California, Hawaii, Washington state, Chicago, New York and New England.
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Remember, Hitler had his Braunhemden ('brownshirts') throw into jail those he considered undesirable humans like homosexuals, vagrants and women of ill repute, when he became chancellor of Germany.
Try as the Southern Poverty Law Center might to find brownshirts around every corner, there is no conservative equivalent of Antifa.
"GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II" begins as many Holocaust documentaries do, with a history of the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany mixed with what is now standard archival footage of Brownshirts and Kristallnacht.
He points out that the Stormtrooper (Strum Abteilung) popularly called Brownshirts of Hitler and the Militia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale (MVSN) or Voluntary Militia for national security popularly called Blackshirts in Mussolini's Italy were socio-political outfits with similar ambitions that were turned into ruthless armies by their mentors to enforce ideology and to unleash hate against particular communities.
If in GerAmany Ernst Rohm's one million Brownshirts frightened even Hitler, in Pakistan terrorist groups have graduated into full-fledged 'armies' capable of challenging the military.
Hitler's Stormtroopers: The SA, The Nazis' Brownshirts, 1922-1945
* Hitler's Nazi "stormtroopers," the street-fighting SA Brownshirts, were composed largely of "Beefsteak Nazis": "Red (communist) on the inside, brown (Nazi) on the outside." Many of these notorious communist thugs switched back and forth (from Communist Party, to Nazi Party, and back to Communist), largely indifferent to the minor ideological differences, serving whoever was in power.
In Germany, in the years before Hitler came to power, the Nazis' paramilitary Sturmabteilung (storm troopers, also known as the "Brownshirts") beat up, sometimes fatally, Jews and political opponents.
These gun-toting extremists, whose idea of patriotism is to regard the federal government as the enemy, are different from 1930s Brownshirts only in name.