Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of an important political party during the first French revolution. From Brissot, they were sometimes called
Brissotins. They were moderate republicans, were the ruling party in 1792, and were overthrown by their opponents in the Convention, the Montagnards, in 1793; and many of their chiefs were executed in October of that year and afterward.
- Pertaining to a member of the Gironde or to the Gironde.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A member of the moderate republican party formed in the French legislative assembly in 1791. The Girondists were so called because their leaders were deputies from the department of La Gironde.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Girondists.
- n. a member of the moderate republican party that was in power during the French Revolution; the Girondists were overthrown by their more radical rivals the Jacobins
“As far as his Utopia is concerned, the Girondist is a sectarian, and he knows no scruples.”
“These formed the party called Girondist, and which in the revolution only formed an intermediate party between the middle class and the multitude.”
“During the spring of 1793 Danton made up his mind that the Girondist mst be politacally supressed.”
“In April 1792, the Girondist government—still functioning as a constitutional monarchy—declared war against Austria.”
“Before her execution during the French Revolutionary Terror, Madame Roland, the prominent Girondist and wife to another one, is supposed to have exclaimed: “Oh Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name.””
“Smith had just come from France as the confidential agent of the Girondist party.”
“Etienne, the little bustling partizan, yet the man of talent, mingled with the chief advocates of the Parisian courts; or Servan fenced with his subtle knowledge of the world against Vergniaud, the romantic Girondist, but the most Ciceronian of orators.”
“Men and women of the Girondist party came to tell her of the hideous deeds that were perpetrated there.”
“BRISSOT, JACQUES PIERRE (1754-1793), who assumed the name of DE WARVILLE, a celebrated French Girondist, was born at Chartres, where his father was an inn-keeper, in January 1754.”
“In 1793 the city was the focus of the Girondist movement against the Convention.”
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