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 (gə-dä′fē), Muammar al-
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or Qa·dha·fi or Kha·da·fy  (kə-dä′fē) or Gad·da·fi (gə-), Muammar al- or el- 1942-2011.
Libyan political leader who seized power in a military coup d'état against the Libyan monarchy (1969) and imposed socialist policies and Islamic orthodoxy on the country. He was deposed and killed in a popular uprising (2011).
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(Biography) Mu'ammar Muhammad al- (ˈməʊəˌmɑː æl), 1942–2011, Libyan army officer and statesman; head of state 1969–2011; deposed and executed 2011
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Noun1.Gaddafi - Libyan leader who seized power in a military coup d'etat in 1969; deposed the Libyan monarchy and imposed socialism and Islamic orthodoxy on the country (born in 1942)
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