from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • The capital of Chechnya in southwest Russia. In the center of a rich oil-producing area, it was a major objective of German forces during World War II. Much of the city was destroyed in battles (1994–1995 and 1999–2000) between Russian troops and Chechen secessionists.

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  • proper noun The capital city of Chechnya, Russia.

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  • noun the capital of Chechnya in southwestern Russia; center of extensive oil fields


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Transliteration of Russian Грозный (Gróznyj), from грозный ("menacing, formidable, severe, cruel").


  • Musa Sadulayev/Associated Press GRUESOME SCENE: Special forces combed the scene of a bomb blast at Chechnya's parliament Tuesday in Grozny, Russia, after militants carried out a brazen suicide raid that left six people dead and 17 wounded.

    Photos of the Day: Oct. 19

  • All of them seemed to have survived at least one very close encounter with death (one paused half a minute to eat a walnut and thus avoided getting blown to bits by a rocket that killed two soldiers in Grozny) and most of them had been wounded.

    What the heck have I been doing the last few months?

  • Guys who fought in Grozny [Chechnya], in Afghanistan, guys who aren't all that interested in giving up.

    Five Days in Fallujah

  • Guys who fought in Grozny [Chechnya], in Afghanistan, guys who aren't all that interested in giving up.

    Five Days in Fallujah

  • Actually, two of them at the government building in Grozny, which is the capital of Chechnya.

    CNN Transcript Dec 27, 2002

  • If Russian soldiers abduct and murder a Chechen in Grozny, that is not counted as terrorism, if Chechens do the same in Moscow, it is.

    The New Republic - All Feed

  • Why Grozny was such a target is not entirely clear since it was still controlled by Maskhadov, who even the Russians agreed had not been organizing terrorist attacks or cross-border incursions.

    The Return

  • From 1816, General Aleksey Yermolov set out to subjugate the mountain peoples, building forts south of the Terek and founding the fortress city of Grozny “Menacing”.

    The Return

  • They rounded up the inhabitants at gunpoint, herded them into American Studebaker trucks supplied under the lend-lease program, and drove them to the Grozny railway station, where they were packed into cattle wagons.

    The Return

  • The chairman of the Grozny City Council, Vitaly Kutsenko, was either thrown out of a window to his death or fell while trying to escape, depending on whose account one believes.

    The Return


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