- (in the French Revolution) a member of a radical society or club of revolutionaries that promoted the Reign of Terror and other extreme measures, active chiefly from 1789 to 1794: so called from the Dominican convent in Paris, where they originally met.
- an extreme radical, especially in politics.
- a Dominican friar.
- (lowercase) one of a fancy breed of domestic pigeons having neck feathers that hang over the head like a hood.
Origin of Jacobin
Examples from the Web for jacobin
There was a chance that he could have been arrested as well for his Jacobin tendencies.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
The Turkish history of imposed Jacobin Secularism ended up creating virtual segregation against observant Muslims.Turkey’s Struggle for Checks and Balances
January 3, 2014
On Park Avenue, beards are about as rare as readers of Jacobin.Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein Goes Hipster With Davos Beard
January 25, 2013
In Mlle. Crepeneau's mind, a Jacobin was capable of any thing.
The meditated slaughter was already announced by Chalier to the Jacobin club.Fox's Book of Martyrs
Emperor and king, jacobin and carbonaro, alike cherished him.Tancred
To-morrow, there will be one Jacobin less, and one lost soul the more.
The violences of the Revolution drove him into opposition to the Jacobin party.A History of French Literature
- a member of the most radical club founded during the French Revolution, which overthrew the Girondists in 1793 and, led by Robespierre, instituted the Reign of Terror
- a leftist or extreme political radical
- a French Dominican friar
- (sometimes not capital) a variety of fancy pigeon with a hood of feathers swept up over and around the head
- of, characteristic of, or relating to the Jacobins or their policies
Word Origin and History for jacobin
early 14c., of the order of Dominican friars whose order built its first convent near the church of Saint-Jacques in Paris, from Old French Jacobin (13c.) "Dominican friar," also, in the Middle East, "a Copt;" see Jacob. The Revolutionary extremists took up quarters there October 1789. Used generically of radicals and allegedly radical reformers since 1793. Related: Jacobinism.