Definition of Guerrilla

1. Noun. A member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment.

Exact synonyms: Guerilla, Insurgent, Irregular
Group relationships: Guerilla Force, Guerrilla Force
Specialized synonyms: Maquis, Maquisard, Urban Guerrilla
Generic synonyms: Warrior

Definition of Guerrilla

1. n. An irregular mode of carrying on war, by the constant attacks of independent bands, adopted in the north of Spain during the Peninsular war.

2. a. Pertaining to, or engaged in, warfare carried on irregularly and by independent bands; as, a guerrilla party; guerrilla warfare.

Definition of Guerrilla

1. Noun. (rare) A non-official war carried out by small independent groups; a guerrilla war. ¹

2. Noun. A soldier in a small independent group, fighting against the government or regular forces by surprise raids. ¹

3. Adjective. (military) Relating to, using, or typical of guerrilla warfare, or its principles of small independent or non-official perpetrators. ¹

4. Adjective. (context: marketing) Relating to, using, or typical of guerrilla marketing. ¹

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Definition of Guerrilla

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Literary usage of Guerrilla

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1. International Law Chiefly as Interpreted and Applied by the United States by Charles Cheney Hyde (1922)
"guerrilla Bands. Armed Prowlers. The law of nations, apart from the Hague ... According also to Dr. Lieber: "The term guerrilla is the diminutive of the ..."

2. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1864)
"... scattered through the country are in danger of being assembled into lawless hands for theft, pillage, and violence, under the name of guerrilla warfare. ..."

3. El Salvador at War: An Oral History of Conflict from the 1979 Insurrection edited by Max G. Manwaring, Court Prisk (1995)
"US View of the 1983-84 guerrilla Situation Ambassador Thomas Pickering—I arrived on the first of September, 1983, and three days after that, the last major ..."

4. New Englander and Yale Review by Edward Royall Tyler, William Lathrop Kingsley, George Park Fisher, Timothy Dwight (1862)
"... be punished as marauders and spies, they will retaliate bv executing our j»r>*- ers of war in their possession." * guerrilla Parties ..."

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