Definitions for jacobinˈdʒæk ə bɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Jac•o•binˈdʒæk ə bɪn(n.)

  1. (in the French Revolution) a member of a radical political club that instituted the Reign of Terror.

    Category: Western History

  2. an extreme radical, esp. in politics.

    Category: Western History

  3. a Dominican friar.

    Category: Religion

Origin of Jacobin:

1275–1325; (def. 3 ) ME Jacobin < OF (frere) jacobin < ML (frater) Jacōbīnus, after the church of Saint-Jacques in Paris, near where a Dominican convent was built (the same locale was a meeting place for the political club)

Jac′o•bin•ism(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Jacobin(noun)

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

Wiktionary

  1. Jacobin(Noun)

    A Dominican friar.

  2. Jacobin(Noun)

    A member of a radical French political club founded (at an old Jacobin convent) in 1789 and one of the driving forces of the French Revolution.

  3. Jacobin(Noun)

    By extension, a political radical.

  4. Jacobin(Noun)

    A breed of domestic pigeon (known for its feathered hood over its head).

  5. Origin: From Jacobin, ultimately from Jacobus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jacobin(noun)

    a Dominican friar; -- so named because, before the French Revolution, that order had a convent in the Rue St. Jacques, Paris

  2. Jacobin(noun)

    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. Jacobin(noun)

    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

  4. Jacobin(adj)

    same as Jacobinic

Freebase

  1. Jacobin

    A Jacobin is someone who supports a centralized Republic, with power made at the federal level in contemporary usage. At its inception during the French Revolution, the term was popularly applied to all supporters of revolutionary opinions. Specifically, it was used to describe members of the Jacobin Club, a revolutionary, far-left political movement that had been the most famous political club of the French Revolution. The club was so called from the Dominican convent where they originally met, in the Rue Saint-Jacques in Paris.

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