Definition of Vietcong in US English:

Vietcong

(also Viet Cong)

noun

  • A member of the communist guerrilla movement in Vietnam that fought the South Vietnamese government forces 1954–75 with the support of the North Vietnamese army and opposed the South Vietnamese and US forces in the Vietnam War.

    • ‘But the graduated air attacks on North Vietnam did not dissuade the Vietcong.’
    • ‘Although Hanoi had ordered the formation of Vietcong military units in the Mekong Delta as early as 1957, North Vietnamese leaders debated if the time was ripe to intervene more directly in the South.’
    • ‘It took two years after the American withdrawal from Vietnam for Saigon to fall to the Vietcong.’
    • ‘But terrorists don't fight in phalanxes like ancient Spartans; they fight guerrilla style, like the Vietcong.’
    • ‘Sure, we lost tens of thousands of troops, but the North Vietnamese Army and Vietcong lost hundreds of thousands more.’
    • ‘Despite massive US military and economic aid, his corrupt administration failed to win the fight against the Vietcong and North Vietnamese forces.’
    • ‘Early on 31 January 1968, North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces attacked 27 of South Vietnam's 44 provincial capitals and scores of villages.’
    • ‘That conflict did not end until the Vietcong occupied South Vietnam and unified the country under their communist banner.’
    • ‘The Vietcong had popular support and were supplied by great powers.’
    • ‘The parties were the two Communist delegations - North Vietnam and the Vietcong's Provisional Revolutionary Government - with whom he discussed the status of war prisoners.’
    • ‘Thang, a former member of the Vietcong, was arrested and imprisoned by the U.S.-backed Saigon regime during the 1954-1975 Vietnam War.’
    • ‘The movement against the Vietnam War did include activists who preferred the Vietcong's flag to the American one.’
    • ‘The weapons of choice for the Vietcong / North Vietnamese army were rockets and mortars.’
    • ‘And the Vietcong and North Vietnamese were a tougher, more tenacious enemy, he says.’
    • ‘Colombia's guerrillas have no big outside country to support them the way the Vietcong and North Vietnamese army had the Soviet Union and China.’
    • ‘Thailand, as an ally of the United States, sent forces to support South Vietnam in its war against North Vietnam and the insurgent Vietcong.’
    • ‘He asked his forces to lay down their arms and called on the Vietcong to halt all hostilities.’
    • ‘We were there, like Wilsonian idealists, to protect the South against the totalitarian regime of the North and its Vietcong allies.’
    • ‘On the other hand, an increase in the U.S. responsibility for the war against the Vietcong and North Vietnam would slow resources from Johnson's ambitious and domestic program.’
    • ‘The Vietcong (and their North Vietnamese allies) were thoroughly nasty thugs who ruled by fear.’

Origin

Vietnamese, literally ‘Vietnamese Communist’.

Pronunciation

Vietcong

/ˌvjɛtˈkɔŋ//ˌvyetˈkôNG/