comitadji

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Etymology[edit]

From various Balkan languages, all from Ottoman Turkish قومیته‌جی(komitacı), from Ottoman Turkish قومیته(komita) from French comité (committee) + ـجی(-cı).

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comitadji (plural comitadjis)

  1. A member of a unit of irregular soldiers or resistance fighters; a partisan.
    • 1942, Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, Canongate, published 2006, page 808:
      For a summer he worked as a comitadji in Macedonia, and later joined the Serbian Army during the Balkan wars.
    • 2012, Christopher Clark, The Sleepwalkers, Penguin, published 2013, page 61:
      He was a former comitadji who had been involved in fomenting unrest in Bosnia after the annexation of 1908 and was even rumoured to have commanded guerrilla bands.