Jacobin

noun
Jac·​o·​bin | \ ˈja-kə-bən How to pronounce Jacobin (audio) \

Definition of Jacobin

1 : dominican
2 [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

Other Words from Jacobin

Jacobinic \ ˌja-​kə-​ˈbi-​nik How to pronounce Jacobin (audio) \ or Jacobinical \ ˌja-​kə-​ˈbi-​ni-​kəl How to pronounce Jacobin (audio) \ adjective
Jacobinism \ ˈja-​kə-​bə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce Jacobin (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of Jacobin

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Jacobin

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

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“Jacobin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jacobin. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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