Definitions for: Jacobin


[n] a member of the radical movement that instituted the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution



Webster (1913) Definition: Jac"o*bin, n. [F. See 2d Jack, Jacobite.]
1. (Eccl. Hist.) A Dominican friar; -- so named because,
before the French Revolution, that order had a convent in
the Rue St. Jacques, Paris.

2. 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.

3. (Zo["o]l.) 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.


Jac"o*bin, a.
Same as Jacobinic.

See Also: terrorist

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