commonwealthman

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Etymology[edit]

From commonwealth +‎ man.

Noun[edit]

commonwealthman (plural commonwealthmen)

  1. (historical) Someone who lived under the English Commonwealth of the 17th century, especially an adherent of it; loosely, a republican.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 222:
      Other radicals looked for inspiration to England again – though, interestingly, neither to Voltaire's commercial nor Montesquieu's constitutional paragon, but rather to the seventeenth-century Commonwealthmen.
    • 2008, David Dwan, The Great Community, page 52:
      Machiavelli had a decisive influence on the English political thinker and commonwealthman James Harrington, who in turn had an enormous impact on Irish patriots such as John Toland, Robert Molesworth and Francis Hutcheson.