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assignat

[as-ig-nat; French a-see-nya] /ˈæs ɪgˌnæt; French a siˈnya/
noun, plural assignats
[as-ig-nats; French a-see-nya] /ˈæs ɪgˌnæts; French a siˈnya/ (Show IPA).
French History
1.
one of the notes issued as paper currency from 1789 to 1796 by the revolutionary government on the security of confiscated lands.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; < French < Latin assignātus assigned (past participle of assignāre). See assign, -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for assignat

assignat

/ˈæsɪɡˌnæt; ˌæsɪˈnjɑː; French asiɲa/
noun
1.
(French history) the paper money issued by the Constituent Assembly in 1789, backed by the confiscated land of the Church and the émigrés
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Latin assignātum something appointed; see assign
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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