assignat

assignat

[as-ig-nat; French a-see-nya]
noun, plural assignats [as-ig-nats; French a-see-nya] . French History.
one of the notes issued as paper currency from 1789 to 1796 by the revolutionary government on the security of confiscated lands.

Origin:
1780–90; < French < Latin assignātus assigned (past participle of assignāre). See assign, -ate1

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assignat (ˈæsɪɡˌnæt, ˌæsɪˈnjɑː, French asiɲa)
 
n
French history the paper money issued by the Constituent Assembly in 1789, backed by the confiscated land of the Church and the émigrés
 
[C18: from French, from Latin assignātum something appointed; see assign]

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assignat

paper bill issued in France as currency from 1789 to 1796, during the French Revolution. A financial expedient on the part of the Revolutionary government, the increasing issuance of the assignats resulted in inflation

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