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  • n. Someone who took part in, or supported, the overthrow of Robespierre on the 9th Thermidor (27 July) 1794.
  • adj. Pertaining to such people.
  • adj. Designating a relatively moderate reaction to a revolution.


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From French thermidorien, corresponding to Thermidor +‎ -ian.


  • Since the French Revolution of the late 18th century, the return of repressive government following a revolution is termed the Thermidorian Reaction.

    Alan Singer: 'You Say You Want a Revolution'

  • From the day after the 9th of Thermidor there were, therefore, two opposite parties among the conquerors, that of the committees, and that of the Mountain, which was called the Thermidorian party.

    History of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1814

  • Hmm, I wonder if we will ever see a Thermidorian Reaction?

    Making Light: Open thread 134

  • Both within the Committee itself and in the Convention and the Committee of General Security, the law motivated resistance to the near-absolute power exercised by Robespierre, culminating in the Thermidorian conspiracy.


  • Robespierre culminated in the events of 9 Thermidor (27 July) and resulted in the Thermidorian reaction, the final phase of the Convention, in which the balance of power shifted to the moderates (known as the Plain).


  • Festival of the Supreme Being was held on 8 June, thus in fact preceding the Thermidorian coup by seven weeks.


  • During the Thermidorian reaction, Fréron used his newspaper as an organ to condemn the Jacobins and set up gangs of well-dressed jeunesse dorée who attacked sans-culottes workmen in Paris.


  • Thermidorian reaction or "White Terror" of late 1794-95.


  • He joined the Jacobin club, sat with the Montagnards in the Convention, tried to negotiate an agreement between the Montagnards and the Girondins in the spring of 1794, and was a key figure in the Thermidorian reaction after the fall of Robespierre.


  • During the Thermidorian reaction, he prosecuted Jacobin leaders and was elected president of the Convention.



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