a member of an Irish revolutionary organization founded in New York in 1858, which worked for the establishment of an independent Irish republic.
(in late Irish legends) a member of a group of warriors always ready to defend Ireland against its enemies.
- Fe·ni·an·ism, noun
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How to use Fenian in a sentence
He was in the Fenian r-raid, an' his father carrid a pike in forty-eight.Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War | Finley Peter Dunne
Difficulties in Ireland culminated in a revival of Fenian activities and in the committing of numerous outrages.
This Limerick Junction was the nucleus of the Fenian nebula.An Autobiography | Elizabeth Butler
The “Ram” collapsed with the collapse of the Fenian movement.The Wonder Book of Knowledge | Various
We admit that its Fenian topography is authentic, but it is not the only one.Dean of Lismore's Book | Various
British Dictionary definitions for Fenian
(formerly) a member of an Irish revolutionary organization founded in the US in the 19th century to fight for an independent Ireland
Irish myth one of the Fianna
derogatory, offensive an Irish Catholic or a person of Irish Catholic descent
of or relating to the Fenians
- Fenianism, noun
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