from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A name by which Benito Mussolini was known.


Italian il ("the") + duce ("commander, leader") (Wiktionary)


  • Since last September we have been only waiting for the axe to fall, praying Il Duce would remain to shelter us from German reprisal.

    The Thorn Birds

  • It took me a few seconds to figure out that these were the framed words of Il Duce himself, and that the dates referred to particular speeches he had given.

    The Italian Summer

  • One morning we walked into town for breakfast and saw that someone had spray-painted graffiti on the wall of Villa Belmonte, where the black cross was fixed near the spot where Il Duce had been shot.

    The Italian Summer

  • And there is nothing to prevent our praying in private for the speedy downfall of Il Duce and Der Führer, is there?”

    The Thorn Birds


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