[ kwiz-ling ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
mid 20th century; Norwegian from the name of Major Vidkun Quisling (1887–1945), the Norwegian army officer and diplomat who ruled Norway on behalf of the German occupying forces (1940–45)
  • traitor
  • collaborator
  • defector
  • turncoat
  • patriot
a person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government; a traitor
A) Benedict Arnold is the most famous quisling in American history. B) Sadly, accusing a political opponent of being a quisling is distressingly common in modern discourse.
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