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A jackbooted (sense 1) soldier of the Household Cavalry of the United Kingdom.

From jackboot +‎ -ed.



jackbooted (not comparable)

  1. Wearing jackboots.
    a jackbooted thug
    • 1819, [Hans Busk], “Canto III. Second Course.”, in The Banquet: In Three Cantos, London: Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, [], OCLC 1157662259, page 96:
      For, as the mighty cavalcades approach / Periwigg’d, Jackbooted, to announce the coach; / A thousand lamps spontaneously appear, / Through the long vista—visitors to cheer.— [...]
    • 1826, Walter Scott, “Letter XI. Paul to ——, Esq. of ——.”, in Paul’s Letters to His Kinfolk. In Two Volumes (The Works of Walter Scott, Esq.; LXXXX; Romances; LXXV), volume II, Zwickau, Saxony: [] Brothers Schumann, OCLC 1160047807, page 35:
      [T]he four stallions that drew us kicked, plunged, snorted, and screamed, in full concert with the eternal smack of the whips, as well as shrieks, whoops, and oaths of the jackbooted postillions, lugging about out little barouche in a manner that threatened its demolition at every instant.
    • 1864, Lord Robert Montagu, “The Eastern and Western Churches”, in The Four Experiments in Church and State and the Conflicts of Churches, London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, OCLC 6264369, page 101:
      The synod of the Russian Church is presided over by a jackbooted general, armed with an unlimited veto and full power of prorogation. Of course such a Church is but a tool to assist political objects, to give a colour of right to political intrigue, to stir up religious enthusiasm in favour of acts of piracy and unlawful war.
    • 1914, Percival Christopher Wren, “The Snake Appears”, in Snake and Sword: A Novel, London; New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co. [], OCLC 1896924, part II (The Searing of a Soul), page 43:
      He loved to see him in review uniform—so much more delightful than plain khaki—pale blue, white, and gold, in full panoply of accoutrement, jackbooted and spurred, and with the great turban that made his English face look more English still.
    • 1939, Nicholas Blake [pseudonym; Cecil Day-Lewis], “The Episode of the Amorous Cricketer”, in The Smiler with the Knife, London: Vintage Books, published 2012, →ISBN:
      She seemed to feel silent, jack-booted watchers standing outside frightened houses, figures kneeling to scrub the pavements, children coldly excluded from their familiar playgrounds, the informer's whisper in the café, fear and suspicion like rheumatism fastening upon the easy intercourse of friends—all the vicious little tricks of modern tyranny.
    • 1980, Anthony Burgess, chapter 53, in Earthly Powers, London: Hutchinson, →ISBN:
      In the departure zone he rasped at Lufthansa officials in what seemed very theatrical German. So might he have acted some cardboard jackbooted Prussian in an end-of-term comedy at Hyderabad House near Bridport.
    • 1995, Pat Conroy, Beach Music, trade paperback edition, New York, N.Y.: Dial Press, published 2009, →ISBN, page 475:
      The house floated with tears and terror and uncontainable fury and music that made children dream of the jackbooted intruders who lit their way with torches made of Jewish hair.
    • 2006, Shira Nayman, “Dark Urgings of the Blood”, in Awake in the Dark: Stories, New York, N.Y.: Scribner, →ISBN, page 233:
      Hurrying, now, a family in frantic flight: after them the clattering of jackbooted feet. Mounds of books going up in flames, sinewy black letters turned to ashes and smoke. When they burn books, they will also burn people.
    • 2009, Robert Richardson, chapter 3, in The Silver Cane, [Morrisville, N.C.]: Lulu, →ISBN, page 23:
      Standing in the middle of the courtyard, some twenty paces from him were three silent ominous figures in green paramilitary style uniforms, jack booted and wearing peaked caps on which was an undefined insignia.
    • 2013, David P. Conradt; Eric Langenbacher, “Introduction to the Tenth Edition”, in The German Polity, 10th edition, Lanham, Md.; Boulder, N.Y.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, →ISBN, page 1:
      Despite the images of jackbooted Nazis that so many students in the English-speaking world still associate with the country, Germany has been utterly transformed.
  2. (figuratively) Authoritarian or oppressive, especially in a cruel or violent manner.
    • 1997, Didi Herman, “Representing Homosexuality and Its Agenda”, in The Antigay Agenda: Orthodox Vision and the Christian Right, Chicago, Ill.; London: University of Chicago Press, →ISBN, page 90:
      [T]his discourse is highly reminiscent of anticommunist rhetoric [...] emphasizing the totalitarian, jackbooted character of the enemy.
    • 1999, Judith A. Miller, “Re-creating the Market: Thermidor and the Directory”, in Mastering the Market: The State and the Grain Trade in Northern France, 1700–1860, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 163:
      By 1797, they had overturned elections, vitiated the modest religious liberty they had sanctioned, and finally installed the "jackbooted-justice" of military courts throughout the nation.
    • 2000, Robert C. Solomon; Kathleen M[arie] Higgins, “Nietzsche’s Affirmative Philosophy”, in What Nietzsche Really Said, New York, N.Y.: Schocken Books, →ISBN, page 220:
      It is worth noting again that the word [Friedrich] Nietzsche uses is Macht, not Reich, and thus might be better understood as personal strength rather than political power. It does not mean "power" in the nasty, jackbooted sense that still sends flutters up the European spine. The term means something like effective self-realization and expression.
    • 2003, Arnold Whittall, “Rites of Renewal and Remembrance”, in Exploring Twentieth-century Music: Tradition and Innovation, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 53:
      [Béla] Bartók risks accusations of simplistic gesturing [...] which make the central episode (bars 80–114) seem miscalculated as a parody of mindless, tasteless folk improvisation rather than a passionately 'natural' countering of jackbooted violence.
    • 2015, Eva Dolan, Tell No Tales, London: Harvill Secker, →ISBN, page 78:
      The jackbooted origins of his party, which he was working so carefully to hide, marching back into the limelight.
    • 2015 May 5, Angelique Chrisafis, “Front National family feud goes nuclear as Jean-Marie Le Pen disowns Marine”, in The Guardian[1]:
      The severe disciplinary action taken by his daughter—who since taking over the FN in 2011 has led a drive to “detoxify” the party and move it away from the racist, jackbooted, antisemitic imagery of the past—was supposed to silence her father.

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  1. simple past tense and past participle of jackboot

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