guerrilla vs irregular what difference

what is difference between guerrilla and irregular

English

Alternative forms

  • guerilla

Etymology

From Spanish guerrilla, diminutive of guerra (war), coined during the Peninsular War.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɡəˈɹɪlə/
  • Homophone: gorilla

Noun

guerrilla (plural guerrillas)

  1. A soldier in a small independent group, fighting against the government or regular forces by surprise raids.
  2. (now rare) A non-official war carried out by small independent groups; a guerrilla war.

Translations

Adjective

guerrilla (comparative more guerrilla, superlative most guerrilla)

  1. (military) Relating to, using, or typical of guerrilla warfare, or its principles of small independent or non-official perpetrators.
    • 1908, George Devereux Oswell, Sketches of Rulers of India, volume I, Chapter VII, page 127:
      Wherever Nicholson was most wanted, there he was sure to be found. What his life was at this time may be seen from a letter he wrote to his mother: ‘I am leading a very guerrilla sort of life with seven hundred horse and foot raised among the people of the country. The chieftain who is in rebellion has eight regular regiments and sixteen guns, so that I am unable to meet them openly in the field.’
    • 1963, Samuel B. Griffith (translator), Mao Zedong, The Red Book of Guerrilla Warfare, edited by Shawn Conners, →ISBN, published 2010, page 14, original 1937
      On the other hand, after the fall of Feng Ling Tu, the operations of Central Shansi, and Suiyuan, troops were more guerrilla than orthodox in nature.
    • 1976, Walter Laqueur, Guerrilla Warfare, page 205:
      The Slovak uprising in the latter days was not guerrilla in character, which, incidentally, may have been one of the reasons for its failure.
  2. (marketing) Relating to, using, or typical of guerrilla marketing.
    • 1989, Michael Wiese, Film & video marketing, page 445:
      We took a very guerrilla approach to marketing Goin’ Hollywood, in keeping with the irreverent tone of the game.
  3. Using unconventional, non-traditional, non-mainstream and often subversive practices to achieve something.

See also

  • guerrillero
  • guerrilla warfare
  • partisan

Catalan

Etymology

From Spanish guerrilla.

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Central) IPA(key): /ɡəˈri.ʎə/
  • (Valencian) IPA(key): /ɡeˈri.ʎa/

Noun

guerrilla f (plural guerrilles)

  1. guerrilla (small official or unofficial military troop)
  2. guerrilla war

Derived terms

  • guerriller

Further reading

  • “guerrilla” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
  • “guerrilla” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
  • “guerrilla” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
  • “guerrilla” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from Spanish guerrilla.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡəˈril.jaː/, /ˌɡeːˈril.jaː/
  • Hyphenation: guer‧ril‧la

Noun

guerrilla f (plural guerrilla’s)

  1. A guerrilla war; guerrilla warfare. [from 1810s]
    Synonym: guerrillaoorlog
  2. A guerrilla fighter.
    Synonyms: guerrillastrijder, guerrillero

Derived terms

  • guerrillabasis
  • guerilla-eenheid
  • guerrillagroepering
  • guerrillaleger
  • guerrillaoorlog
  • guerrillastrijder

Descendants

  • Indonesian: gerilya

Spanish

Etymology

guerra (war) +‎ -illa (diminutive suffix)

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: gue‧rri‧lla
  • Noun

    guerrilla f (plural guerrillas)

    1. guerrilla (small official or unofficial military troop)
    2. guerrilla war

    Derived terms

    • guerrillear
    • guerrillero

    Descendants

    • Catalan: guerrilla
    • English: guerrilla, guerilla
    • French: guérilla
      • Turkish: gerilla
    • Italian: guerriglia
    • Piedmontese: guerija
    • Portuguese: guerrilha

    Further reading

    • “guerrilla” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.


    English

    Etymology

    From Middle English irreguler, from Old French irreguler, from Medieval Latin or Late Latin irrēgulāris, from in- + regularis, equivalent to ir- +‎ regular.

    Pronunciation

    • (General American) IPA(key): /ɪˈɹɛɡjəlɚ/

    Adjective

    irregular (comparative more irregular, superlative most irregular)

    1. nonstandard; not conforming to rules or expectations
    2. (of a surface) rough
    3. without symmetry, regularity, or uniformity
    4. (geometry, of a polygon) not regular; having sides that are not equal or angles that are not equal
    5. (geometry, of a polyhedron) whose faces are not all regular polygons (or are not equally inclined to each other)
    6. (grammar, of a word) not following the regular or expected patterns of inflection in a given language

    Synonyms

    • (nonstandard): abnormal, singular; see also Thesaurus:strange
    • (rough): coarse, salebrous; see also Thesaurus:rough
    • (without uniformity): unstable, unsteady; see also Thesaurus:unsteady
    • (not following the regular patterns of inflection): heteroclite

    Antonyms

    • regular

    Derived terms

    Translations

    Noun

    irregular (plural irregulars)

    1. A soldier who is not a member of an official military force and who may not use regular army tactics.
    2. One who does not regularly attend a venue.

    Translations


    Catalan

    Etymology

    Borrowed from Late Latin irrēgulāris.

    Pronunciation

    • (Balearic, Central) IPA(key): /i.rə.ɡuˈla/
    • (Valencian) IPA(key): /i.re.ɡuˈlaɾ/

    Adjective

    irregular (masculine and feminine plural irregulars)

    1. irregular
      Antonym: regular

    Derived terms

    • irregularment

    Related terms

    • irregularitat

    Further reading

    • “irregular” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
    • “irregular” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
    • “irregular” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
    • “irregular” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

    Galician

    Etymology

    Borrowed from Late Latin irrēgulāris.

    Adjective

    irregular m or f (plural irregulares)

    1. irregular
      Antonym: regular

    Related terms

    • irregularidade

    Further reading

    • “irregular” in Dicionario da Real Academia Galega, Royal Galician Academy.

    Portuguese

    Etymology

    Borrowed from Late Latin irrēgulāris.

    Adjective

    irregular m or f (plural irregulares, comparable)

    1. irregular; nonstandard
    2. (grammar) irregular (not following an inflectional paradigm)

    Antonyms

    • regular

    Derived terms

    • irregularmente

    Related terms

    • irregularidade

    Further reading

    • “irregular” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.

    Spanish

    Etymology

    Borrowed from Late Latin irrēgulāris.

    Pronunciation

    • IPA(key): /ireɡuˈlaɾ/, [i.re.ɣ̞uˈlaɾ]

    Adjective

    irregular (plural irregulares)

    1. irregular, uneven, erratic, haphazard
    2. patchy, spotty, jagged, ragged
    3. fitful
    4. (grammar) (of a verb etc.) irregular
      Antonym: regular

    Derived terms

    • verbo irregular

    Related terms

    • irregularidad
    • regular

    Further reading

    • “irregular” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.

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