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n, pl -feln (-fəln)
(Historical Terms) See SS


(ˈʃʊtsˌʃtɑ fəl)

German. an elite military unit of the Nazi Party that served as Hitler's bodyguard and as a special police force. Abbr.: SS
[literally, defense echelon]
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Noun1.Schutzstaffel - special police force in Nazi Germany founded as a personal bodyguard for Adolf Hitler in 1925; the SS administered the concentration camps
constabulary, police, police force, law - the force of policemen and officers; "the law came looking for him"
Gestapo - the secret state police in Nazi Germany; known for its terrorist methods
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It was a sweeping judicial ruling that effectively equates the Pasdaran (Revolutionary Guard) to the German Schutz Staffel or SS, the Nazi force for which the international ban on refugee status was originally designed,