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guerrilla


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Guerrilla  \Guer*ril"la\,  n.  [Sp.,  lit.,  a  little  war,  skirmish, 
  dim.  of  guerra  war,  fr  OHG.  werra  discord,  strife.  See 
  {War}.] 
  1.  An  irregular  mode  of  carrying  on  war,  by  the  constant 
  attacks  of  independent  bands,  adopted  in  the  north  of 
  Spain  during  the  Peninsular  war. 
 
  2.  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. 
 
  Note:  The  term  guerrilla  is  the  diminutive  of  the  Spanish 
  word  guerra,  war,  and  means  petty  war,  that  is  war 
  carried  on  by  detached  parties;  generally  in  the 
  mountains.  .  .  .  A  guerrilla  party  means  an  irregular 
  band  of  armed  men,  carrying  on  an  irregular  war,  not 
  being  able,  according  to  their  character  as  a  guerrilla 
  party,  to  carry  on  what  the  law  terms  a  regular  war. 
  --F.  Lieder. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Guerrilla  \Guer*ril"la\,  a. 
  Pertaining  to  or  engaged  in  warfare  carried  on  irregularly 
  and  by  independent  bands;  as  a  guerrilla  party;  guerrilla 
  warfare. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  guerrilla 
  adj  :  used  of  independent  armed  resistance  forces;  "guerrilla 
  warfare";  "partisan  forces"  [syn:  {guerrilla(a)},  {guerilla(a)}, 
  {underground},  {irregular}] 
  n  :  a  member  of  an  irregular  armed  force  that  fights  a  stronger 
  force  by  sabotage  and  harassment  [syn:  {guerilla},  {irregular}, 
  {insurgent}] 




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