Jac·​o·​bin ˈja-kə-bən How to pronounce Jacobin (audio)
[French, from Jacobin Dominican; from the group's founding in the Dominican convent in Paris] : a member of an extremist or radical political group
especially : a member of such a group advocating egalitarian democracy and engaging in terrorist activities during the French Revolution of 1789
Jacobinic adjective
or Jacobinical
Jacobinism noun

Examples of Jacobin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McAlevey, who was wearing jeans, puffy purple shoes, and a sleeveless, peach blouse, took the stage, along with her interviewer, the Jacobin editor Micah Uetricht. Eleni Schirmer, The New Yorker, 17 Oct. 2023 Young protesters were educating themselves, joining socialist reading groups organized by Jacobin, the new socialist intellectual organ, and preparing for what might come next. Ross Barkan, The New Republic, 3 Aug. 2023

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French jacopin, from Medieval Latin Jacobinus, from Late Latin Jacobus (St. James); from the location of the first Dominican convent in the street of St. James, Paris

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Jacobin was in the 14th century

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“Jacobin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jacobin. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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