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- n. Plural form of cagot.
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The "cagots" of mid-France are the descendants of former leper families.
I am currently reading "The Discovery of France" by Graham Robb, and he early on mentions a group of people known since the 11th century as the "les cagots."
I just looked at Diane's comment on "les cagots" and I tried to do some research on them after I finished the wonderful book, "The Discovery of France."
I may answer in the affirmative, so far, at least, that when entering the penetralia of Moslem life my Eastern origin was never questioned, and my position was never what cagots would describe as in loco apostatae.
Again, one is not so much to speak for English literature as to speak about it; one is not a representative but a reporter; we critics are but the cagots or despised pariah class in the world of letters.
Nous avons des incrédules et des impies jésuites, et des incrédules et des impies jansénistes; des impies molinistes, et des impies quiétistes; des impies pratiquants, et non pratiquants; des impies indifférents et des impies fanatiques; des incrédules cagots et des impies hypocrites et tartuffes.
I examined the building carefully, but could not satisfy myself that I had really discovered the walled-up entrance, by which alone, _it is said_, the wretched cagots were formerly permitted to enter the church.