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

  • Beauharnais, Alexandre de 1760-1794. French soldier who fought with Rochambeau's troops in the American Revolution and later in France with the French Revolutionary army. He was guillotined during the Reign of Terror.
  • Beauharnais, Eugène de 1781-1824. French soldier and statesman. Son of Alexandre and Josephine de Beauharnais, he was later adopted by Napoleon I and became viceroy and then heir apparent to the throne of Italy (1806).
  • Beauharnais, Josephine de 1763-1814. Empress of the French (1804-1809) as the wife of Napoleon I. Married first to Alexandre de Beauharnais, she wed Napoleon Bonaparte in 1796. The marriage was annulled (1809) because of her alleged infertility.


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  • “The name Beauharnais is in there,” I said, looking over his shoulder.

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  • He had imbibed from his mother and brothers the idea that the Beauharnais were the natural enemies of the Bonapartes, and a marriage with Hortense they all declared, would be disloyal.

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  • Each episode of the period drama nine in total introduces one of Napoleon's lovers, including Billie Whitelaw as his first wife Joséphine de Beauharnais.

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  • By the way, I know that Beauharnais v. Illinois (1952) upheld a group libel statute, but that decision is widely and rightly regarded as obsolete, given the last 50 years of First Amendment jurisprudence.

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  • Steve Beauharnais moved to middle linebacker, after spending 2009 on the strong side.

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  • There's plenty to do out of Le François, from half-day fishing charters for tuna, sailfish and monster blue marlin to kite surfing and catamaran tours to the white sand shoals where Martiniquan Joséphine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoléon Bonaparte, is said with scant evidence to have bathed.

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  • The only part of Beauharnais that likely survives is its general conclusion that there is a libel exception to the First Amendment; since then, that exception has been dramatically narrowed.

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  • Josephine Bonaparte née Beauharnais, Caucasian but born and raised in Martinique, was described as a Creole.

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  • In the 1952 case of Beauharnais v. Illinois, the U.S.

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  • Beauharnais was never formally overturned, but it was superseded by later decisions taking an expansive view of free speech, especially New York Times v. Sullivan which made civil libel cases very difficult for plaintiffs to win.

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