Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a member of the radical movement that instituted the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution

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Alternate forms of Jacobin

Derivations: jacobinic, jacobinical

Hypernyms: terrorist

Origin of the word Jacobin

  1. early 14c., of the order of Dominican friars whose order built its first convent near the church of Saint-Jacques in Paris. The Revolutionary extremists took up quarters there 1789. Used generically of radicals and reformers since 1793. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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