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[sye-yes] /syɛˈyɛs/
Emmanuel Joseph
[e-ma-ny-el zhaw-zef] /ɛ ma nüˈɛl ʒɔˈzɛf/ (Show IPA),
("Abbé Sieyès") 1748–1836, French priest and revolutionist. Unabridged
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  • It is not to him, but to the abbe sieyes, that I address this chapter.

  • Like the abbe sieyes, Mr. Paine had completely mastered the science of government, which was in fact extremely simple.

  • Which done, one can wind up with this comfortable reflection from abbe sieyes: "Messieurs, you are today what you were yesterday."

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
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/French sjejɛs/
Emmanuel Joseph (ɛmanɥɛl ʒozɛf), called Abbé Sieyès. 1748–1836, French statesman, political theorist, and churchman, who became prominent during the Revolution following the publication of his pamphlet Qu'est-ce que le tiers état? (1789). He was instrumental in bringing Napoleon I to power (1799)
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