Definition of Vietcong in English:



  • 1The Communist guerrilla movement in Vietnam which fought the South Vietnamese government forces 1954–75 with the support of the North Vietnamese army and opposed the South Vietnam and US forces in the Vietnam War.

    • ‘That conflict did not end until the Vietcong occupied South Vietnam and unified the country under their communist banner.’
    • ‘We were there, like Wilsonian idealists, to protect the South against the totalitarian regime of the North and its Vietcong allies.’
    • ‘The Vietcong (and their North Vietnamese allies) were thoroughly nasty thugs who ruled by fear.’
    • ‘Despite massive US military and economic aid, his corrupt administration failed to win the fight against the Vietcong and North Vietnamese forces.’
    • ‘Although Hanoi had ordered the formation of Vietcong military units in the Mekong Delta as early as 1957, North Vietnamese leaders debated if the time was ripe to intervene more directly in the South.’
    • ‘The parties were the two Communist delegations - North Vietnam and the Vietcong's Provisional Revolutionary Government - with whom he discussed the status of war prisoners.’
    • ‘Early on 31 January 1968, North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces attacked 27 of South Vietnam's 44 provincial capitals and scores of villages.’
    • ‘The Vietcong had popular support and were supplied by great powers.’
    • ‘But terrorists don't fight in phalanxes like ancient Spartans; they fight guerrilla style, like the Vietcong.’
    • ‘The movement against the Vietnam War did include activists who preferred the Vietcong's flag to the American one.’
    • ‘Sure, we lost tens of thousands of troops, but the North Vietnamese Army and Vietcong lost hundreds of thousands more.’
    • ‘On the other hand, an increase in the U.S. responsibility for the war against the Vietcong and North Vietnam would slow resources from Johnson's ambitious and domestic program.’
    • ‘But the graduated air attacks on North Vietnam did not dissuade the Vietcong.’
    • ‘It took two years after the American withdrawal from Vietnam for Saigon to fall to the Vietcong.’
    • ‘Thailand, as an ally of the United States, sent forces to support South Vietnam in its war against North Vietnam and the insurgent Vietcong.’
    • ‘Colombia's guerrillas have no big outside country to support them the way the Vietcong and North Vietnamese army had the Soviet Union and China.’
    • ‘Thang, a former member of the Vietcong, was arrested and imprisoned by the U.S.-backed Saigon regime during the 1954-1975 Vietnam War.’
    • ‘The weapons of choice for the Vietcong / North Vietnamese army were rockets and mortars.’
    • ‘And the Vietcong and North Vietnamese were a tougher, more tenacious enemy, he says.’
    • ‘He asked his forces to lay down their arms and called on the Vietcong to halt all hostilities.’
    1. 1.1 A member of the Vietcong.
      • ‘These numbers reminded me of the ever-growing numbers of supposedly killed Vietcong the US military was always reporting during that misguided war.’
      • ‘But there were reports during the Vietnam War there were some Americans who had deserted and were seen fighting with the Vietcong or North Vietnamese.’


Vietnamese, literally ‘Vietnamese Communist’.