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  1. French history either of two rebellious movements against the ministry of Cardinal Mazarin in the reign of Louis XIV, the first led by the parlement of Paris (1648–49) and the second by the princes (1650–53)
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Word Origin

C18: from French, literally: sling, the insurgent parliamentarians being likened to naughty schoolboys using slings
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Historical Examples

  • On recovering from his wounds, the war of the Fronde broke out.


    Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld

  • But the army was faithful to the king, and without it the Fronde was powerless.

  • The origins of the Fronde are expounded in pages of profound sagacity.

  • The Pascals left Rouen in 1648 during the disturbances of the Fronde.

    The Story of Rouen

    Sir Theodore Andrea Cook

  • The Fronde co-operated with the Spanish troops in the civil war.

Word Origin and History for fronde



1798, from French fronde (14c.), "sling," from Old French fonde, from Latin funda "casting net," of unknown origin.

Name given to the party which rose against Mazarin and the court during the minority of Louis XIV, supposedly from the use of stone-casting slings to attack property of their opponents. Hence, sometimes used figuratively for "violent political opposition."

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