Jacobin

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French Jacobin, ultimately from Latin Jacōbus (Jacob).

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Noun[edit]

Jacobin (plural Jacobins)

  1. A Dominican friar.
  2. A member of a radical French political club founded (at an old Jacobin convent) in 1789 and one of the driving forces of the French Revolution.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 429-30:
      The Jacobins acted as a left-of-centre parliamentary pressure group, spending much of their time in coordinating the following day's business in the Assembly.
  3. By extension, a political radical.
  4. A breed of domestic pigeon (known for its feathered hood over its head).

References[edit]

  • Collins Shorter English Dictionary
  • Napoleon - a biography by Frank McLynn Pages 209-10, 212, 213, 220,221,222,224,233,