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Jacobite

[jak-uh-bahyt]
noun
  1. a partisan or adherent of James II of England after his overthrow (1688), or of the Stuarts.
  2. a member of the Syrian Monophysitic church, which was founded in the 6th century a.d. and was governed by the patriarch of Antioch.
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Origin of Jacobite

1400–50; (in def 2) late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin Jacōbīta, after Jacobus Baradaeus, bishop of Edessa (died 578); (in def 1) cf. James; see -ite1
Related formsJac·o·bit·ic [jak-uh-bit-ik] /ˌdʒæk əˈbɪt ɪk/, Jac·o·bit·i·cal, adjectiveJac·o·bit·ism, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Yes; he contrived to entangle himself in some Jacobite plot.

    Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • The Jacobite bishop exalted the prerogatives of princes and kings.

  • The Jacobite ladies were as fearless as they were persevering.

  • It was afterwards the place of meeting for the Jacobite nobles, and their adherents.

  • The Jacobite sentiments were general among the western counties, and in Wales.

    Waverley

    Sir Walter Scott


British Dictionary definitions for jacobite

Jacobite

noun
  1. British history an adherent of James II after his overthrow in 1688, or of his descendants in their attempts to regain the throne
  2. a member of the Monophysite Church of Syria, which became a schismatic church in 451 ad
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Derived FormsJacobitic (ˌdʒækəˈbɪtɪk), adjectiveJacobitism, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin Jacōbus James + -ite 1
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