guerrilla

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n guerrilla a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Guerrilla An irregular mode of carrying on war, by the constant attacks of independent bands, adopted in the north of Spain during the Peninsular war.
    • Guerrilla One who carries on, or assists in carrying on, irregular warfare; especially, a member of an independent band engaged in predatory excursions in war time.
    • a Guerrilla Pertaining to, or engaged in, warfare carried on irregularly and by independent bands; as, a guerrilla party; guerrilla warfare.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n guerrilla War carried on by the repeated attacks of independent bands; a system of irregular warfare by means of raids and surprises.
    • n guerrilla Properly, a band of independent and generally predatory fighters in a war; now, more commonly, an individual member of such a band. The word was first brought into prominent use for the bands of peasants and shepherds who employed every means of annoying the French armies in Spain in 1808-14, often performing efficient service; and guerrillas were very active in the Carlist cause in the subsequent civil wars. In the American civil war there were numerous guerrillas along the border-lines, especially on the Confederate side.
    • guerrilla Of or pertaining to guerrillas: as, a guerrilla attack; a guerrilla band.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Guerrilla a mode of harassing an army by small bands adopted by the Spaniards against the French in the Peninsular war: a member of such a band
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Quotations

  • Sally Kempton
    Sally Kempton
    “Women are natural guerrillas. Scheming, we nestle into the enemy's bed, avoiding open warfare, watching the options, playing the odds.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp., lit., a little war, skirmish, dim. of guerra, war, fr. OHG. werra, discord, strife. See War
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. guerrilla, dim. of guerra (Fr. guerre)—Old High Ger. werra.

Usage

In literature:

They say the women and children must be removed, these guerrillas.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
A sort of guerrilla warfare now began in the mountains.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
One of the Fighting Scouts: A Tale of Guerrilla Warfare in South Africa.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
No guerrillas or other enemies were seen.
"History of Company E of the Sixth Minnesota Regiment of Volunteer Infantry" by Alfred J. Hill
The Spanish guerrillas of central Spain harassed the French soldiers and took the heart out of them.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Our only tactics are guerrilla ones.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
We called 'em Guerrillas and dey thieves.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
It is said, however, that they will fight the enemy there as guerrillas.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
A guerrilla was, properly speaking, a man who had belonged to some army, and had deserted and gone to making war on his private account.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
Guerrilla warfare was the natural sequence.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
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In news:

Gen Odon Guitar's plan to put some guerrilla prisoners on parole was approved by Maj.
Guerrilla trek to showcase former Maoist war sites.
Israel accuses Arab man of spying on president for Hezbollah guerrilla group.
When Al Shabab's last stronghold falls, will a guerrilla war follow.
Philippines' oldest WWII vet, a US private and guerrilla fighter against Japanese, dies at 111.
Guerrilla Gardening In Provo City, Utah.
Thousands flee as Syrian rebels wage guerrilla war.
The Guerrilla Truck Show is all about making new friends and keeping the old.
Guerrilla knitters 'yarn bomb' Frenchtown, leaving wake of color in their path.
Police uncover " guerrilla " pot grow.
Guerrilla Urbanism in Chattanooga.
Grassroots efforts to improve your community is a form of guerrilla urbanism and in Chattanooga this past month the issue targeted by the River City Company includes promoting more walking.
An Interview with Mark Winne, Author of "Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners and Smart-Cooking Mamas".
The former Hmong guerrilla leader was called 'the biggest hero of the Vietnam War' but also had a long history of violence.
Look Out, It's the Guerrilla Girls on Tour.
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