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Girondist

[juh-ron-dist]
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noun
  1. French History. a member of a political party (1791–93) of moderate republicans whose leaders were deputies from the department of Gironde.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Girondists.
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Origin of Girondist

From the French word Girondiste, dating back to 1785–95. See Gironde, -ist
Related formsGi·ron·dism, noun
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Girondist

noun
  1. a member of a party of moderate republicans during the French Revolution, many of whom came from Gironde: overthrown (1793) by their rivals the JacobinsSee also Jacobin (def. 1)
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Girondists or their principles
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Derived FormsGirondism, noun
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Word Origin and History for girondist

Girondist

n.

1795, member of the moderate republican party of France, 1791-93, from Gironde, name of a deputy in southwestern France; the faction so called because its leaders were deputies elected from there.

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