assignat

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French assignat.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈasɪɡnat/, /asɪˈnja/

Noun[edit]

assignat (plural assignats)

  1. (historical) A banknote used during the French Revolution, on the security of state land.
    • Burke
      They would not give a dog's ear of their most rumpled and ragged Scotch paper for twenty of your fairest assignats.
    • 1932, Duff Cooper, Talleyrand, Folio Society 2010, p. 25:
      He was in favour of a national bank; he was strongly opposed to the reckless issue of assignats and spoke against it in the Assembly.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 508:
      The continuing depreciation of the assignat was worsening problems: in November and December, the currency's cash return dipped below 1 per cent of its face value, bringing a comic aspect to many exchanges and inducing street beggars to decline alms in paper form.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From assign(er) +‎ -at.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

assignat m (plural assignats)

  1. (historical) assignat

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

assignat

  1. third-person singular present active indicative of assignō