from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The practice or profession of moderation, especially in political opinion or measures: a term used in France during and since the first revolution with reference to the class of persons called moderates in a political sense.
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Marat thundered away in his paper against Brissotins, Girondins, federalism, and moderantism.
They, too, have been lately subjected to an expurgatory scrutiny, to drive out from them everything savoring of what they call the crime of _moderantism_, of which offence, however, few were guilty.