guerrilla

guerrilla (n.) "fighter in an irregular, independent armed force," 1809, from Sp. guerrilla "body of skirmishers, skirmishing warfare," lit. "little war," dim. of guerra "war," from a Germanic source (Cf. O.H.G. werra "strife, conflict, war;" see WAR (Cf. war)). Figurative use by 1861. As an adjective from 1811. Acquired by English during the Peninsular War (1808-1814); purists failed in their attempt to keep this word restricted to "irregular warfare" and prevent it taking on the sense properly belonging to guerrillero "guerrilla fighter."

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