comrade, noun

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Also with initial capital.
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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.
1976 M. Tholo in C. Hermer Diary of Maria Tholo (1980) 175Tonight the comrades came. Where these youths came from or where they collected I don’t know...They had come to take over from the men.
1986 Evening Post 21 Mar. 4Seven bodies were found after ‘Comrades’ and ‘Fathers’ apparently set out to settle differences.
1986 City Press 13 July 5On the first two days of her detention she was beaten severely, and asked if she was ‘a comrade member’.
1987 N. Mathiane in Frontline Aug.Sept. 11Came 1985, there was chaos in the country...Comrades and com-tsotsis emerged. Cars were forcefully taken away from owners, people were necklaced.
1988 J. Sikhakhane in Pace Nov. 61Vigilantes and comrades have especially made life miserable for residents and villagers around Durban and Pietermaritzburg..as a result of the conflict between Inkatha and the UDF.
1989 L. Venter in Sunday Times 3 Dec. 24‘Comrades’ tried to make townships ungovernable because bungling civilian officials had made them virtually uninhabitable.
1991 A. Goldstuck in Weekly Mail 20 Dec. (Suppl.) 42The bitter East Rand warfare between mainly-Xhosa township residents, the ‘comrade’ side, and mainly-Zulu hostel dwellers, the impi side.
1993 [see fathers].
young, usually left-wing activists, particularly militant supporters of the African National Congress; amaqabane, see iqabane;
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