Jacobins

[ (jak-uh-binz) ]

An extreme radical party during the French Revolution named for the place where its founders first met, a convent of Jacobin friars. It was led by Robespierre.

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notes for Jacobins

In general, a member of an extremist or radical group is often called a “Jacobin.”
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