- (in the French Revolution) a member of a radical society or club of revolutionaries that promoted the Reign of Terror and other extreme measures, active chiefly from 1789 to 1794: so called from the Dominican convent in Paris, where they originally met.
- an extreme radical, especially in politics.
- a Dominican friar.
- (lowercase) one of a fancy breed of domestic pigeons having neck feathers that hang over the head like a hood.
Origin of Jacobin
Examples from the Web for jacobinism
But what influenced his change of heart to move away from Jacobinism as an ideology?Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
The only question was how to save their section, where the ravages of Jacobinism could yet be stayed.Union and Democracy
No trace of Jacobinism is to be met with in Kociuszko's government.Kosciuszko
Monica Mary Gardner
The inattention to that has been a great support of Jacobinism.Private Papers of William Wilberforce
Call upon him to particularize a crime, and he exclaims, Jacobinism!
Burke confronted Jacobinism with the relentlessness of a Jacobin.
- a member of the most radical club founded during the French Revolution, which overthrew the Girondists in 1793 and, led by Robespierre, instituted the Reign of Terror
- a leftist or extreme political radical
- a French Dominican friar
- (sometimes not capital) a variety of fancy pigeon with a hood of feathers swept up over and around the head
- of, characteristic of, or relating to the Jacobins or their policies
Word Origin and History for jacobinism
early 14c., of the order of Dominican friars whose order built its first convent near the church of Saint-Jacques in Paris, from Old French Jacobin (13c.) "Dominican friar," also, in the Middle East, "a Copt;" see Jacob. The Revolutionary extremists took up quarters there October 1789. Used generically of radicals and allegedly radical reformers since 1793. Related: Jacobinism.