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Aug 23, 2013
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Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove
Actor Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove
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Dr. Strangelove

PRONUNCIATION:
(DOK-tuhr STRAYNJ-luv)

MEANING:
noun: Someone who is reckless about the use of weapons such as nuclear bombs.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Dr. Strangelove, title character of the 1963 film directed by Stanley Kubrick. Strangelove, a former Nazi, is a nuclear expert and adviser to the president. Earliest documented use: 1968.

USAGE:
"In both the world of new science and that of quick-fix military technology we need, more than ever, to be on perpetual guard against the Dr. Strangeloves of the future."
Dr. J Richardson; War Science and Terrorism; Frank Cass; 2002.

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