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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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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
all reminiscent of the Brownshirts in Nazi Germany and the Ku Klux Klan in America's once-segregated South.
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.
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.
Elser sees an acquaintance who is forced to sit on the street -- surrounded by Brownshirts and townspeople -- with a sign around her neck reading, "In the village I am the greatest swine and consort only with Jews" (it rhymes in German).
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Hitler had his Brownshirts private militia of stormtroopers before he became chancellor.
Evoking the image of Hitler's Brownshirts and Mussolini's Blackshirts, she spoke of the "backwash of Republican young men in dark shirts.
The SA, also known as the Brownshirts, were the paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party in its early years.
Even in China, cadets at the Whampoa Military Academy tried to launch a Chinese "Blue Shirts" movement akin to Mussolini's Blackshirts or Hitler's paramilitary Brownshirts, the Sturmabteilung.