- (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 jacobins
Many targets will settle because their attorneys will advise them that their juries will likely be stocked with Jacobins.The Witch Hunt Backlash Is Coming
March 22, 2009
Jefferson even defended the Jacobins, architects of the bloody Reign of Terror.Un-American Revolutions
February 27, 2011
It is the old lesson of the Girondins and Jacobins over again.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
The Jacobins had reckoned on making the massacre universal over France.Fox's Book of Martyrs
It is a noble edifice, and once belonged to the Order of Jacobins.The Stranger in France
He went to the Jacobins to read over again his speech of the day.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)
You know these Jacobins, these patriots, all variste's crew.The Gods are Athirst
- 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 jacobins
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.