Definition of jacobin:
- A Dominican friar; - so named because, before the French Revolution, that order had a convent in the Rue St. Jacques, Paris.
- A fancy pigeon, in which the feathers of the neck form a hood, - whence the name. The wings and tail are long, and the beak moderately short.
- One of a society of violent agitators in France, during the revolution of 1789, who held secret meetings in the Jacobin convent in the Rue St. Jacques, Paris, and concerted measures to control the proceedings of the National Assembly. Hence: A plotter against an existing government; a turbulent demagogue.
- Same as Jacobinic.
It was a graceful concession to Southern weakness, and after all I may have been mistaken in thinking that I could read the Second Series as literature, just as I should read the Anti- Jacobin or the Two- penny Post Bag.- "The Creed of the Old South 1865-1915", Basil L. Gildersleeve.
- "Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France", Stanley J. Weyman.
- "History of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1814", F. A. M. Miguet.