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Thermidor

[thur-mi-dawr; French ter-mee-dawr] /ˈθɜr mɪˌdɔr; French tɛr miˈdɔr/
noun
1.
Also called Fervidor. (in the French Revolutionary calendar) the 11th month of the year, extending from July 19 to August 17.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) lobster thermidor.
Origin of Thermidor
1820-1830
1820-30; < French < Greek thérm(ē) heat + dôr(on) gift; cf. -i-
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  • The tyrant has fixed all his schemes of slaughter for the 10th of Thermidor.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • My trial and death are fixed the third day from this,—the 10th Thermidor.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • And you will keep Barabant's name until the 10th of Thermidor?

    In the Name of Liberty

    Owen Johnson
  • But I suppose you were pardoned out after the Tenth Thermidor.

    When a Cobbler Ruled a King Augusta Huiell Seaman
  • Twenty-one in all were condemned on the 10 Thermidor and taken in carts to the guillotine.

  • Some call for Barras to be made Commandant; he conquered in Thermidor.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • This is especially noticeable in what is called his discours-testament, the speech delivered on the eve of Thermidor.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Reassured as to her husband, she wept for the first five victims of the 9th Thermidor, those illustrious and virtuous citizens.

  • After the events of Thermidor the Convention had thrown open the prison doors, put an end to bloodshed, and proclaimed an amnesty.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • After the 9th Thermidor, the actor was, for some time, the object of hostile demonstrations whenever he appeared on the stage.

British Dictionary definitions for Thermidor

Thermidor

/tɛrmidɔr/
noun
1.
the month of heat: the eleventh month of the French revolutionary calendar, extending from July 20 to Aug 18 Also Fervidor
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Greek thermē heat + dōron gift
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