One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A ruthless, tyrannical leader.
- ‘Cultic reverence was demanded for the supreme leader, führer or vozhd, who sent commands down through a smoothly functioning hierarchy.’
- ‘Instead, our beloved fuehrer the Prime Minister is calling for increased European arms expenditure so that the EU does not have to rely so heavily on the US.’
- ‘He is the country's principal elected magistrate, not its fuehrer.’
- ‘The führer's eyes darkened for a moment, and he grasped Tam's shirt collar, making him gasp, but then seemingly changed his mind about hurting him, laughed, and flung him into the dust.’
- ‘Like dictators and führers, politicians always come to the scene of a natural disaster carrying a wad of cash.’
From German Führer ‘leader’, part of the title Führer und Reichskanzler ‘Leader and Chancellor of the Empire’ assumed in 1934 by Adolf Hitler, Adolf.
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