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[buh-nee-toh;; Italian be-nee-taw] /bəˈni toʊ;; Italian bɛˈni tɔ/ (Show IPA), (I”Il Duce”) 1883–1945, Italian Fascist leader: premier of Italy 1922–43.
Contemporary Examples

Try Gino Bartali, two-time winner of the Tour de France who defied Mussolini and helped the Jews.
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Just like Mussolini, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell knows how to make the Super Bowl trains run on time.
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Of course, Germany and Italy supplied the Spanish fascists regardless, Hitler providing air power and Mussolini ground forces.
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Her father was a Mussolini supporter who had fought with the Italian army on the eastern front with the Nazis in World War II.
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As Ian Thomson describes in the TLS this week, the cars drew level, and Mussolini pulled over to confront his pursuer.
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Historical Examples

Mussolini has boasted that he is a tempista, that his real pride is in “good timing.”
Readings on Fascism and National Socialism Various

And if you should bring back Mussolini, I think you might get a medal.
A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery

I wanted Mussolini to get licked and I wanted the Loyalists to win.
The Five Arrows Allan Chase

Why are Hitler and Mussolini and Tojo insecure if we survive?
Proclaim Liberty! Gilbert Seldes

Theirs was a much more durable organization than those of Napoleon and Mussolini and Hitler.
Talents, Incorporated William Fitzgerald Jenkins

Benito (beˈniːto) known as il Duce. 1883–1945, Italian Fascist dictator. After the Fascist march on Rome, he was appointed prime minister by King Victor Emmanuel III (1922) and assumed dictatorial powers. He annexed Abyssinia and allied Italy with Germany (1936), entering World War II in 1940. He was forced to resign following the Allied invasion of Sicily (1943) and was eventually shot by Italian partisans


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