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

  • noun A member of an activist youth movement in China, prominent during the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the late 1960s, that espoused Maoist principles.
  • noun A member of a radical political group with Maoist leanings.

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  • noun a radical political movement by Chinese youths who espoused Maoist principles

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Translation of Chinese (Mandarin) hóng wèibīng : hóng, red + wèibīng, guard (wèi, to defend + bīng, weapons, troops).]

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