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Jacobin (ˈdʒækəbɪn)
1.  a member of the most radical club founded during the French Revolution, which overthrew the Girondists in 1793 and, led by Robespierre, instituted the Reign of Terror
2.  a leftist or extreme political radical
3.  a French Dominican friar
4.  (sometimes not capital) a variety of fancy pigeon with a hood of feathers swept up over and around the head
5.  of, characteristic of, or relating to the Jacobins or their policies
[C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin Jacōbīnus, from Late Latin Jacōbus James; applied to the Dominicans, from the proximity of the church of St Jacques (St James) to their first convent in Paris; the political club originally met in the convent in 1789]

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