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[thur-mi-dawr; French ter-mee-dawr] /ˈθɜr mɪˌdɔr; French tɛr miˈdɔr/
Also called Fervidor. (in the French Revolutionary calendar) the 11th month of the year, extending from July 19 to August 17.
(sometimes lowercase) lobster thermidor.
Origin of Thermidor
1820-30; < French < Greek thérm(ē) heat + dôr(on) gift; cf. -i- Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • 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


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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