city in Chechnya, Russia, at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains
The capital of Chechnya in southwest Russia. In the center of a rich oil-producing area, it was a major objective of German forces during World War II. Much of the city was destroyed in battles (1994–1995 and 1999–2000) between Russian troops and Chechen secessionists.
Transliteration of Russian Грозный (Gróznyj), from грозный (groznyj, “menacing, formidable, severe, cruel”).