Max·i·mi·lien Fran·çois Ma·rie I·si·dore de [mak-see-mee-lyanfrahn-swama-reeee-zee-dawrduh], /mak si miˈlyɛ̃ frɑ̃ˈswa maˈri i ziˈdɔr də/, 1758–94, French lawyer and revolutionary leader.
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How to use Robespierre in a sentence
Robespierre’s death led to rejoicing among many, especially those filling the crowded prisons of Paris.
Fearful for their own lives, some members of the legislature, labeled “Thermidorians,” put aside their own differences to take Robespierre down.
Robespierre’s fellow revolutionaries and previous collaborators turned on him amid indications that he was planning to attack them as traitors.
“This is like Robespierre,” a House GOP member told The Daily Beast.Republicans Panicked After Eric Cantor Loss: ‘This Is Like Robespierre’ | Ben Jacobs, Tim Mak | June 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If the rest of us have had trouble catching up to Robespierre and crew, well, we are starting from a bit of a handicap.Why Deny the Obvious: Hollywood’s Backward Stance on Abortion | Teo Bugbee | June 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Robespierre and star Jenny Slate have made a movie about a woman, not an abortion.Why Deny the Obvious: Hollywood’s Backward Stance on Abortion | Teo Bugbee | June 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The film begins with her on stage, with a joke that Robespierre wrote about feminine discharge.Jenny Slate’s Earnest and Funny Abortion Film ‘Obvious Child’ | Caryn James | June 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The bloody effervescence of the Bastille gave way to Robespierre and then Napoleon; Stalin crushed Trotsky.
Robespierre, at such times silent and thoughtful, was ever bending over her chair.
Robespierre and Danton had now broken off all intimacy with Madame Roland and her friends.
It required peculiar boldness, at that hour, to accuse Robespierre and Danton of crime.
Danton, Marat, and Robespierre were now in the ascendency, riding with resistless power upon the billows of mob violence.
He attacked the usurpations of Robespierre and the machinations of the Jacobins, by which he fell.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
British Dictionary definitions for Robespierre
Maximilien François Marie Isidore de . (maksimiljɛ̃ frɑ̃swa mari izidɔr də). 1758–94, French revolutionary and Jacobin leader: established the Reign of Terror as a member of the Committee of Public Safety (1793–94): executed in the coup d'état of Thermidor (1794)
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Cultural definitions for Robespierre
A French political leader of the eighteenth century. Robespierre, a Jacobin, was one of the most radical leaders of the French Revolution. He was in charge of the government during the Reign of Terror, when thousands of persons were executed without trial. After a public reaction against his extreme policies, he was executed without trial.
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