[ muh-gwahyuhr ]
/ məˈgwaɪər /
Irish History. a member of a secret terrorist society organized in Ireland in 1843 to prevent evictions by the government: so called because the members disguised themselves as women.
U.S. History. a member of a former secret association, organized about 1865, that terrorized the mine operators' agents in an effort to get relief from oppressive conditions in the anthracite coal-mining regions of Pennsylvania: ceased to function about 1877.
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Origin of Molly Maguire
An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
Words nearby Molly Maguire
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British Dictionary definitions for Molly Maguire
/ (ˈmɒlɪ məˈɡwaɪə) /
Irish history a member of a secret society that terrorized law officers during the 1840s to prevent evictions
(in Pennsylvania from about 1865 to 1877) a member of a society of miners that terrorized mine owners and their agents in an effort to obtain better pay
Word Origin for Molly Maguire
C19: the name refers to the female disguise adopted by members of these societies
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