Robespierre

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Robespierre

  1. The French Revolutionary leader Maximilien Robespierre, 1758-1794. Often used as a byword for a murderous demagogue or tyrant.
    • 1863, Edward Dicey, Spectator of America[1], edition 1971 Quadrangle ed., page 25:
      Why, Greeley wants to be blood-thirsty — he wants to be a little Robespierre.
    • 1922 October 2, “Gonatas Not a Robespierre”:
      "I am not, as you have seen, a Robespierre, and I don't even want to be thought of as a military dictator," said Col Gonatas, leader of the revolutionary movement, []
    • 2007, Peter Heller, The Whale Warriors[2], ISBN 1416532463, page 64:
      During communications blackouts when Allison, who was the Robespierre of the ship, forbade all outside contacts, Taggart lurched out onto the aft deck, []

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Proper noun[edit]

Robespierre

  1. A French surname​.