death squad


death squad
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Death squads are groups of people who operate illegally and carry out the killing of people such as their political opponents or criminals.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • death squad — n. 1. FIRING SQUAD (sense 1) 2. a group whose function is to kill the enemies of a tyrannical political regime or a criminal organization …   English World dictionary

  • death squad — n a group of people who have been ordered to kill someone s political opponents …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • death squad — death ,squad noun count a group of people who illegally kill other people, especially their political opponents …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • death squad — death′ squad′ n. mil any of various paramilitary groups, esp. in Latin America, whose members murder political opponents and petty criminals • Etymology: 1965–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • Death squad — A death squad is an armed military, police, insurgent, or terrorist squad that conducts extrajudicial killings, assassinations, and forced disappearances of persons as part of a war, insurgency or terror campaign. These killings are often… …   Wikipedia

  • death squad — noun a clandestine military or paramilitary team who murder political dissidents or petty criminals (usually with the government s tacit approval) • Hypernyms: ↑hit squad * * * noun : any of various extremist groups whose members kill suspected… …   Useful english dictionary

  • death squad — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms death squad : singular death squad plural death squads a group of people who illegally kill other people, especially their political opponents …   English dictionary

  • death squad — noun Date: 1969 any of various extremist groups whose members kill suspected political adversaries and criminals …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • death squad — any of various groups of assassins, esp. in Central America, whose members murder political dissidents, petty criminals, etc., usually with the tacit approval of the government. [1965 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • death squad — noun An armed group that carries out clandestine killings …   Wiktionary


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