Definition of Tupamaro in US English:



  • A member of a Marxist urban guerrilla organization in Uruguay that was active mainly in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

    • ‘In the late 1960s, economic difficulties and the activities of a terrorist group known as the Tupamaros led to political instability.’
    • ‘In the late 1960s social unrest emerged, which was exacerbated by the activities of the Tupamaros.’
    • ‘One group of urban guerrillas known as the Tupamaros kidnapped and murdered many Uruguayan officials.’
    • ‘The remains of the Tupamaro guerrilla movement in Uruguay have joined a bourgeois electoral front, the Frente Amplio.’
    • ‘Described with the catchphrase Tupamaros, these urban partisans were really a collection of groups and factions rather than a single force, as the name would suggest.’
    • ‘Economic and political unrest plagued the nation throughout the 1960s and saw the emergence of the terrorist group, the Tupamaros.’


1960s: from Tupac Amarú, the name of an 18th-century Inca leader.