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comrade, noun

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EnglishShow more Special sense of general English comrade, a designation used by socialists or communists for a fellow socialist or communist.
Usually in the plural as a collective term, the comrades: young, usually left-wing activists, particularly militant supporters of the African National Congress; amaqabane, see iqabane; cf. ibutho sense 2 b. Also attributive. Cf. the children (see children), siyayinyova noun See also vigilante.
1976 M. Tholo in C. Hermer Diary of Maria Tholo (1980) 101The comrades have stopped the children entering the schools even if there are no lessons.
1993 [see fathers].
young, usually left-wing activists, particularly militant supporters of the African National Congress; amaqabane, see iqabane;

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