Jacobin definition

  • noun:
    • A radical or severe leftist.
    • A radical republican throughout the French Revolution.
    • A Dominican friar.
    • A Dominican friar.
    • a part of a radical French political club founded (at a vintage Jacobin convent) in 1789 plus one of operating causes associated with French Revolution.
    • By expansion, a political radical.
    • A breed of domestic pigeon (recognized for its feathered hood over its mind).
    • A Dominican friar; -- so named because, before the French Revolution, that purchase had a convent within the Rue St. Jacques, Paris.
    • certainly one of a society of violent agitators in France, during the transformation of 1789, who held secret conferences within the Jacobin convent within the Rue St. Jacques, Paris, and concerted measures to control the proceedings of this National Assembly. Thus: A plotter against a preexisting government; a turbulent demagogue.
    • A fancy pigeon, when the feathers of this throat form a hood, -- whence the name. The wings and tail are long, and the beak mildly quick.
    • In France, a black or Dominican friar: so named from chapel of St. Jacques (Jacobus), for which they were first created in Paris. See Dominican.
    • a part of a club or society of French revolutionists organized in 1789 in title of community of Friends for the Constitution, and labeled as Jacobins from the Jacobin convent in Paris which they found.
    • Hence A violently radical politician; person who favors severe steps in behalf of popular government; a radical democrat: formerly much used, usually inappropriately, as a term of reproach in English and American polities.
    • [lowercase] An artificial variety of tho domestic pigeon, whose neck-feathers form a hood.
    • [I. c.] In ornithology, a humming-bird of genus Heliothrix, as H. auritus.
    • a member associated with radical action that instituted the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution
  • adjective:
    • identical to jacobinic.
  • others:
    • just like Jacobinic.

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