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- n. In 17th century France, a partisan of cardinals Richelieu and Mazarin, as opposed to a royalist.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An advocate or adherent of the system of the college of cardinals.
- n. A follower of Cardinal Antoine Perrenot, prime minister to Margaret of Parma in the sixteenth century.
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In a voting context, the ordinalist-cardinalist controversy becomes irrelevant, for voting is intrinsically an ordinal comparison and no more.
The cardinalist position in this case is rehabilitated, but it has changed its meaning.
With many generations to come, the name of César de St. Auban must perforce be familiar as that of one of the greatest roysterers and most courtly libertines of the early days of Louis XIV., as well as that of a rabid anti-cardinalist and frondeur, and one of the earliest of that new cabal of nobility known as the petits-maîtres, whose leader the Prince de Condé was destined to become a few years later.
As luck would have it I got embroiled in the streets of Blois with a couple of cardinalist gentlemen, who chose to be offended by lampoon of the Fronde that I was humming.
Whither was he bound, I asked myself, and whence a haste that made him set out fasting, with an anti-cardinalist ditty on his lips, and ride two leagues to seek a breakfast in a village that did not hold an inn where a dog might be housed in comfort?
Men gathered in little knots at street corners, and with sullen brows and threatening gestures they talked of the affair; and the more they talked, the more clouded grew their looks, and more than one anti-cardinalist pasquinade was heard in Blois that day.
The truth was, that the Bishop was a cardinalist, and therefore entirely out of favor with the administration.
He was strangely enough in a mood to be pleased by an anti-cardinalist ditty, for his rage against Andrea de Mancini -- which he took no pains to conceal -- had extended already to the Cardinal, and from morn till night he did little else but revile the whole Italian brood -- as he chose to dub the Cardinal's family. "