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Fenian

noun Fe·ni·an \ˈfē-nē-ən\

Definition of FENIAN

1
:  a member of a legendary band of warriors defending Ireland in the second and third centuries a.d.
2
:  a member of a secret 19th century Irish and Irish-American organization dedicated to the overthrow of British rule in Ireland
Fenian adjective
Fe·ni·an·ism \-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

Origin of FENIAN

Fen- (probably in part from Middle Irish Féni freeholders, legendary settlers of Ireland, in part from Irish fiann, genitive singular féinne band of warriors) + -ian
First Known Use: 1816

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