Definitions of jacobin

  1. a member of the radical movement that instituted the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution
  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. Same as Jacobinic.
  4. A Dominican friar; - so named because, before the French Revolution, that order had a convent in the Rue St. Jacques, Paris.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Jacobinical.
  8. One of an order of monks; one of a revolutionary club in Paris; a violent radical; demagogue.
  9. Pertaining to or resembling the Jacobins of France; holding revolutionary principles.
  10. 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.
  11. A party of violent revolutionists in France during the first Revolution; a radical or levelling politician of the character of the French Jacobins.

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
  3. He also had a hand in the Rolliad, a series of Whig satires which appeared about 1785. Changing sides he afterwards contributed to the Anti- Jacobin. – A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin
  4. They acted through the whole, as if they really wished the conservation of the Jacobin power, as what might be more favourable than the lawful government to the attainment of the petty objects they looked for. – Political Pamphlets by George Saintsbury
  5. The Jacobin, trembling visibly, seemed scarcely able to support the honour done him, and the king, seeing this, said in a voice audible to all, 'Stand up, man. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  6. They were intimated in the Jacobin journals; they were suggested, with daily increasing distinctness, at the tribune. – Madame Roland, Makers of History by John S. C. Abbott
  7. He is a Jacobin. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  8. Our Guide is I think a very obliging fellow- in the way this morning he sang us two Gaelic songs- one made by a Mrs. Brown on her husband's being drowned, the other a jacobin one on Charles Stuart. – Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends by John Keats
  9. He had charge on the Bear Grass of building the boats for the expedition, and was likewise a prominent member of that august body, the Jacobin Society of Lexington. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  10. He was already a member of the Jacobin Club, which, by the withdrawal of its more conservative members in 1791, came then under his leadership. – A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1. by Carlton J. H. Hayes
  11. To persons in such circumstances, with great presumption, some talents, but no principles, the Revolution could not, with all its anarchy, confusion, and crime, but be a real blessing, as Chaptal called it in his first speech at the Jacobin Club. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  12. Young Louis Philippe had been a member of the Jacobin Club, and had fought for the Republic at Jemappes. – History of Modern Europe 1792-1878 by C. A. Fyffe
  13. You tell the Citizen General how come you Jacobin now, and we see if he mek you Captain. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  14. It is not that he has any special love for his Jacobin, but that he has the poet's eye for types, politics apart. – Studies in Literature by John Morley