- French History. a member of a political party (1791–93) of moderate republicans whose leaders were deputies from the department of Gironde.
- of or relating to the Girondists.
Origin of Girondist
Examples from the Web for girondist
Proscribed as a Girondist, Sept. 1793, he fled to Switzerland.A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations
Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
He does not ask, like a Girondist, for the vote of a majority.
The scheme was formed, as was intended, under Girondist influence, and was acceptable to the nation as a whole.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
William Milligan Sloane
The Girondins are struck down, but in the country follows a ferment of Girondist risings.The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII.
In 1791 no paper of importance, except the short-lived Girondist Chronique du Mois, appeared.A Short History of French Literature
- a member of a party of moderate republicans during the French Revolution, many of whom came from Gironde: overthrown (1793) by their rivals the JacobinsSee also Jacobin (def. 1)
- of or relating to the Girondists or their principles
Word Origin and History for girondist
1795, member of the moderate republican party of France, 1791-93, from Gironde, name of a deputy in southwestern France; the faction so called because its leaders were deputies elected from there.