Meaning of Sandinista in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsandɪˈniːstə/


  • A member of a left-wing Nicaraguan political organization, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), which came to power in 1979 after overthrowing the dictator Anastasio Somoza. Opposed during most of their period of rule by the US-backed Contras, the Sandinistas were voted out of office in 1990.

    ‘In Nicaragua, when the Sandinistas overthrew the Somoza dictatorship in 1978, the U.S. government immediately became involved.’
    • ‘The left-wing Sandinistas, after overthrowing a U.S.-backed, right-wing dictatorship years ago, actually held elections.’
    • ‘In Nicaragua, the Sandinistas had overthrown the US-backed Somosa dictatorship and had gone on to consolidate their power by winning an election.’
    • ‘Taiwanese presence is the strongest in Nicaragua, where relations have traditionally been strong, with the exception of the 1979-1990 period when the leftist Sandinistas were in power.’
    • ‘In Nicaragua, where the Sandinistas toppled the US-backed Somoza regime by force, three priests became ministers.’
    • ‘When Nicaragua's dictatorship was overthrown by the popular Sandinistas, a communist regime was successfully put in place.’
    • ‘The cocaine trade in Central America flourished when the US administration was backing the Contras to fight the Sandinistas in Nicaragua.’
    • ‘Shortly after the revolution, Nicaraguan exiles living in America who were politically opposed to the Sandinistas organized an anti-Sandinista guerrilla army that had its base in Miami and Honduras.’
    • ‘If you hear the word Nicaragua and think Sandinistas and Contras, you're nearly two decades behind the times.’
    • ‘When we supported the Contras against the Sandinista dictatorship, we took the opposite position and, according to the Left, we were wrong again.’
    • ‘In June, the Sandinistas finally succeeded in overthrowing the corrupt, brutal Somoza dictatorship.’
    • ‘The limits to ‘solidarity’ grew more evident still when the Sandinistas were voted out of power: disapproval turned to utter disinterest and abandonment.’
    • ‘When the Sandinistas gained power, they seized the property of the Somoza family and instituted the Agrarian Reform Law, transferring land to peasant families and squatters on lands.’
    • ‘The Sandinistas had just been voted out of office but were still a very powerful and unified political force.’
    • ‘Police, army, and Sandinistas killed former Contras, and northern Contra bands committed similar acts, often because of land disputes.’
    • ‘The Berlin Wall had come down, the Sandinistas had lost power in Nicaragua.’
    • ‘In July 1979, the Nicaraguan Revolution overthrew the dictator Somoza and replaced the dynasty with the Sandinistas.’
    • ‘At first he balanced his critique of the Sandinistas with criticisms of the U.S.-backed contra rebels.’
    • ‘This, in turn, helped drive the Sandinistas from power in 1990.’
    • ‘The Sandinistas never had the power to march into Texas.’


Named after a similar organization founded by the nationalist leader Augusto César Sandino (1893–1934).