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Fenian

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noun Fe·ni·an \ˈfē-nē-ən\

Definition of Fenian

  1. 1 :  a member of a legendary band of warriors defending Ireland in the second and third centuries a.d.

  2. 2 :  a member of a secret 19th century Irish and Irish-American organization dedicated to the overthrow of British rule in Ireland

Fenian adjective
Fenianism play \-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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