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[fron-dur; French frawn-dœr] /frɒnˈdɜr; French frɔ̃ˈdœr/
noun, plural frondeurs
[fron-durz; French frawn-dœr] /frɒnˈdɜrz; French frɔ̃ˈdœr/ (Show IPA)
a rebel; rioter.
Origin of frondeur
1790-1800; < French: literally, a participant in the Fronde (the rebellion against royal authority during the minority of Louis XIV), equivalent to Fronde + -eur -eur Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Some one had once called him a frondeur; he was greatly delighted with that name.

    On the Eve Ivan Turgenev
  • Diana dismissed it with contempt, as the shaft of a frondeur discredited by both parties.

    The Testing of Diana Mallory Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Then suddenly he added, "Apropos, have you heard that Eugne has become one of the leaders of these frondeur madmen?"

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • The loss was indeed serious; for the young orator was far more than a frondeur.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • By this repressive policy the frondeur spirit of the Noblesse was revived, and it has continued to exist down to the present time.

    Russia Donald Mackenzie Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for frondeur


/frɒnˈdɜː; French frɔ̃dœr/
(French history) a member of the Fronde
any malcontent or troublemaker
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