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English definition of “the IRA”

the IRA

noun [+ sing/pl verb]     /ˌaɪ.ɑːˈreɪ/ US  /-ɑːrˈeɪ/
abbreviation for the Irish Republican Army: an illegal organization that wants Northern Ireland to be politically independent of the UK and united with the Republic of Ireland, and that has fought for this aim with terrorism in the pastTaking action against people in powerNamed organizations and societies and their members
(Definition of the IRA noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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