Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A follower or supporter of Napoleon I and his policies and dynastic claims or of the Bonaparte family.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One attached to the policy or family of Napoleon Bonaparte.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One attached to the policy or family of Bonaparte, or of the Bonapartes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An adherent of the Bonapartes, or of the policy of Napoleon Bonaparte and his dynasty.
  • n. One who favors the claims of the Bonaparte family to the imperial throne of France.
  • Adhering to or favoring the dynasty, policy, or claims of the Bonapartes.

Etymologies

Bonaparte +‎ -ist (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It may seem paradoxical to claim that a leader often labelled Bonapartist and authoritarian is in fact marked by political weakness rather than strength.

    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • Nick Clegg has looked on with envy at what he has jokingly described as David Cameron's "Bonapartist" grip on a Conservative Party not known for robust internal democracy.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • It is true that, under Erdogan, there remains something Bonapartist about Turkey – 138th in the annual freedom of the press index published by Reporters Without Borders.

    Disgracefully, Turkey's EU accession bid is going nowhere soon

  • If I understand Marx correctly (bear in mind, this is filtered through his twentieth century interpreters like Hobsbawm) a ‘Bonapartist’ figure would be someone like Nasser or Peron, more than the modern American right.

    Matthew Yglesias » Kristol Complicates Napoleon Metaphors

  • So with naturalist and Bonapartist minister Cuvier, Englishman geologist Smith and American inventor Fulton in tow and as a "guide to rough living and adventure", Gage is off to the famous volcanic island of Thira aka Santorini to chase rumors of Archimedes' famous "death ray mirror" while both the Egyptian Rite villains and the pirates of the title are in hot pursuit...

    "The Barbary Pirates" by William Dietrich (Reviewed by Liviu Suciu)

  • It's astonishing to imagine that anyone might perceive the hopelessly flimsy Obama administration "" even if it wasn't directly following the folks who brought you the Dick Cheney vision of executive power "" as some sort of dictatorial Bonapartist project.

    My 1933 Nightmare

  • The French have remained French under their Kings, their Bonapartist usurpers, and under a succession of republics.

    Professor John McGinnis on originalism.

  • He was an old non-commissioned officer of the old guard, a member of the Legion of Honor at Austerlitz, as much of a Bonapartist as the eagle.

    Les Miserables

  • Voltairian royalism, a quaint variety, had a no less singular sequel, Bonapartist liberalism.

    Les Miserables

  • That is what explains and excuses Bonapartist liberalism.

    Les Miserables

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.