Definition of Abwehr in English:

Abwehr

noun

historical
  • In Germany: a military intelligence and counter-intelligence agency (1921–44) founded as a division of the defence ministry, and expanded to include foreign espionage assignments in 1934 by the ruling Nazi party.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in The Chicago Sunday Tribune. From German Abwehr, specific sense of Abwehr defence, resistance, warding off from abwehren to ward off from ab- + wehren.

Pronunciation:

Abwehr

/ˈʌpvɛː//ˈabvɛː/