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Definitions of jacobin

  1. One of a society of violent agitators in France, during the revolution of 1789, who held secret meetings in the Jacobin convent in the Rue St. Jacques, Paris, and concerted measures to control the proceedings of the National Assembly. Hence: A plotter against an existing government; a turbulent demagogue. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A Dominican friar; - so named because, before the French Revolution, that order had a convent in the Rue St. Jacques, Paris. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A fancy pigeon, in which the feathers of the neck form a hood, - whence the name. The wings and tail are long, and the beak moderately short. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. One of an order of monks, so named from their orig. establishment in the Rue St. Jacques (St James's Street), Paris; one of a society of revolutionists in France, so called from their meeting in a Jacobin convent: a demagogue: a hooded pigeon. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Jacobinical. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. One of an order of monks; one of a revolutionary club in Paris; a violent radical; demagogue. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. A monk of the Order of St. Dominic; one of a revolutionary faction which took a prominent lead during the French revolution, and so called from their place of meeting being the monastery of the Jacobin monks; a turbulent demagogue; a hooded pigeon. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. A party of violent revolutionists in France during the first Revolution; a radical or levelling politician of the character of the French Jacobins. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. Same as Jacobinic. Webster Dictionary DB

Usage examples for jacobin

  1. A hint from the Jacobin leaders surrounded the Assembly with the hideous howlings of a haggard concourse of beings just as merciless and demoniac as lost spirits. – Madame Roland, Makers of History by John S. C. Abbott
  2. Nor was it unknown to her that more than half the deputies in the National Assembly belonged to the Jacobin party, and that they were looking for an opportunity to strike a fresh blow at royalty. – Marie Antoinette And Her Son by Louise Muhlbach Official