dwingeland

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From dwingen (to coerce) +‎ land (country)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: dwin‧ge‧land

Noun[edit]

dwingeland m (plural dwingelanden, diminutive dwingelandje n)

  1. tyrant, despotic ruler who enforces his will upon the state
  2. (metaphorically) dictatorial person, who is bossy and coerces others to obedient compliance

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References[edit]

  • M. J. Koenen & J. Endepols, Verklarend Handwoordenboek der Nederlandse Taal (tevens Vreemde-woordentolk), Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1969 (26th edition) [Dutch dictionary in Dutch]