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1Treated as plural. In Iran: the revolutionary guard formed after the Islamic revolution of 1979, and responsible for the suppression of political dissent and the protection of the Revolutionary Council.
2A member of this guard.
1970s; earliest use found in The Washington Post. From Persian pāsdāran (plural of pāsdār), short for the official name of the organization, Pāsdāran-i inqilāb, lit. ‘watchmen of the revolution’.
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