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  1. Jacobites

    a name given to certain partisans of Eutychean sect in the 17th century in the East, from the name of their leader.

  2. Jacobites

    the name given to the adherents of the Stuart dynasty in Great Britain after their expulsion from the throne in 1688, and derived from that of James II., the last Stuart king; they made two great attempts to restore the exiled dynasty, in 1715 and 1745, but both were unsuccessful, after which the movement exhausted itself in an idle sentimentality, which also is by this time as good as extinct.


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