One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1historical A political official governing a district under Nazi rule.
- ‘He may feel revulsion at Hitler's lack of humanity; he may despise the boorishness of the Nazi Gauleiters.’
- ‘He erected his strategy into a ‘shield philosophy’ protecting France from the possible rule of a Gauleiter.’
- ‘On 18 September Himmler wrote to the Gauleiter in Warthegau, Greiser, informing him.’
- ‘The ostensibly centralist organization of the administration in the Third Reich was in reality punctured by varying forms of partial authorities, regionalisms, and the satrap politics of the National Socialist Gauleiters.’
- ‘The sadistic Hapsburg landburgher was clearly modelled on a Hitler-era Gauleiter, or military governor.’
2An overbearing official.
1930s: German, from Gau ‘administrative district’ + Leiter ‘leader’.
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