Adjective "blackshirt" definition and examples

(Blackshirt may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈblakʃəːt/

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Definitions and examples

noun

(in Italy) a member of the paramilitary wing of the National Fascist Party founded by Mussolini.
  1. 'The quasi-official terror gangs of the 1920s - the Freikorps in Germany, blackshirts in Italy, and Black and Tans in Ireland - did not reappear.'

More definitions

1. a member of a fascist organization, especially the Italian Fascist militia, wearing a black shirt as part of the uniform.

More examples(as adjective)

"militias can be blackshirt."

Origin

(Black Shirt)1920s: so named because of the colour of the uniforms worn by members of the respective organizations.