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Fouquier-Tinville

[foo-kyey-tan-veel]
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noun
  1. An·toine Quen·tin [ahn-twan kahn-tan] /ɑ̃ˈtwan kɑ̃ˈtɛ̃/, 1747?–95, French revolutionist: prosecutor during the Reign of Terror.
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  • Weigh all this, and say whether Fouquier-Tinville did anything worse.

    The Works of Honor de Balzac

    Honor de Balzac

  • Fouquier-Tinville came next, and his trial did as much harm to his party in the spring as that of Carrier in the preceding autumn.

    Lectures on the French Revolution

    John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

  • Fouquier-Tinville afterward attained to a sombre fame in this position.

  • Fouquier-Tinville's questions had been 'brutal;' offended female honour flung them back on him, with scorn, not without tears.

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

  • Fouquier-Tinville's questions had been "brutal;" offended female honour flung them back on him with scorn, not without tears.


British Dictionary definitions for fouquier-tinville

Fouquier-Tinville

noun
  1. Antoine Quentin (ɑ̃twan kɑ̃tɛ̃). 1746–95, French revolutionary; as public prosecutor (1793–94) during the Reign of Terror, he sanctioned the guillotining of Desmoulins, Danton, and Robespierre
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