American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Mussolini, Benito Amilcare Andrea Known as "Il Duce.” 1883-1945. Italian Fascist dictator and prime minister (1922-1943) who conducted an expansionist foreign policy, formalized an alliance with Germany (1939), and brought Italy into World War II (1940). Dismissed by Victor Emmanuel III (1943), he led a puppet Nazi government in northern Italy until 1945, when he was assassinated.
- n. A surname.
- n. Italian fascist dictator (1883-1945)
“If you want to look to someone who might be considered a moderate example of the modern Republican, Mussolini is a good example.”
“The storyline, about a restless man who is assigned to rub out his one-time college mentor in Mussolini-era Italy, also delivers the goods.”
“Somewhere Mussolini is laughing, but our World War II vet Teamster dads are rolling in their graves.”
“Is the only reason England has had no Hitler, Hussein, or Mussolini is because they have been lucky enough such that no one with those unusal personalities has ever been born there?”
“She has gone through a complex legal process to allow her children to attach the name Mussolini to their father's surname.”
“Facists and Nazi's were socialists, also as in Mussolini, Hitler's ally, who headed up the Socialist party in Italy for so long.”
“That autumn we had been reading the reports of sharp remonstrance to Mussolini from the British Foreign Office regarding those Bari broadcasts, and noting the manifest equivocation of the replies.”
“If you want the three men summed up for you, I would suggest Mussolini is a genius and a statesman, whose greatest ambition he gave in his own words, I want to colonize.”
“Is there any unrest under this regime of taxation and expenditure upon all this modernity, this new renaissance? "he looked at me with instant and surely unfeigned emotion and said," Mussolini is a great man.”
“Mussolini is the only man who has got along so far.”
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