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[pahr-nel, pahr-nl]
  1. Charles Stewart,1846–91, Irish political leader.
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Related formsPar·nell·ism, nounPar·nell·ite, noun
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Historical Examples of parnellite

  • The Parnellite, it has been said, is essentially an Opportunist.

    About Ireland

    E. Lynn Linton

  • Clamour from Parnellite section anxious for preservation of decency of debate.

  • He identified himself with the Parnellite movement, and entered Parliament for Tipperary in 1880.

  • A distinguished public man has been called to office by the Parnellite vote.

  • But collision between Government and the Parnellite party was already beginning.

British Dictionary definitions for parnellite


  1. Charles Stewart. 1846–91, Irish nationalist, who led the Irish Home Rule movement in Parliament (1880–90) with a calculated policy of obstruction. Although Gladstone was converted to Home Rule (1886), Parnell's career was ruined by the scandal over his adultery with Mrs O'Shea
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Derived FormsParnellism, nounParnellite, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for parnellite



in Irish history, 1881, adherent of the Irish Home Rule policy of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891) + -ite (1).

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