Definition of quisling in English:

quisling

noun

  • A traitor who collaborates with an enemy force occupying their country:

    [as modifier] ‘he had the Quisling owner of the factory arrested’
    • ‘During the 1976-83 period, operations included the assassination of police informers and perceived quislings, bank robberies and attacks on the security forces and police stations.’
    • ‘They combined military threats and punishing sanctions to destabilise Yugoslavia with the creation of a quisling pro-Western opposition movement they have funded to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.’
    • ‘He's undermined our ability to stand up - we'll just be seen as potential traitors and quislings.’
    • ‘If things were going really badly, and we had a quisling Government in this country - what would he have done?’
    • ‘But so far the guerilla resistance has eschewed such random violence that hit civilians and instead has concentrated its attacks on U.S. troops and those it considers quislings.’
    • ‘Genuine democratic and social renewal within the Balkans can never take place under the political tutelage of the Western powers and their local quislings.’
    • ‘He taught me about the Battle of the Boyne and Cromwell's massacres, about quislings and Black-and-Tans.’
    • ‘This won't be a quisling government making these choices.’
    • ‘Most quislings come from the chattering classes, from academics and intellectuals.’
    • ‘The aim of the conference was to begin consolidating a quisling regime to install after the invasion.’
    • ‘Unlike Vietnam, we are backing strong, independent leaders, rather than quislings and puppets whose power base rests with our military forces and economic support.’
    • ‘Then, as now, the occupiers say they were invited to stay by the very quislings they installed.’
    • ‘His government was replaced by one of quislings.’
    • ‘They think of him as a quisling, a nuisance and a dangerous acquaintance.’
    • ‘As far as I am concerned, he is a pinko, quisling traitor.’
    • ‘By which we ought to mean, the country will be in the hands of a puppet government, a government of quislings and collaborators, a government of pullovers and pushovers.’
    • ‘Those entrenched enough to deride as fools or quislings anyone who questions war may also be more prone to edit events to fit their version.’
    collaborator, fraternizer, colluder, sympathizer
    traitor, turncoat, betrayer, informer, back-stabber, double-crosser, double-dealer, renegade, defector, deserter, apostate, judas, snake in the grass, fifth columnist
    two-timer
    dog
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Origin

Second World War: from the name of Major Vidkun Quisling (1887–1945), the Norwegian army officer and diplomat who ruled Norway on behalf of the German occupying forces (1940–45).

Pronunciation:

quisling

/ˈkwɪzlɪŋ/