Jefferson even defended the jacobins, architects of the bloody Reign of Terror.
Many targets will settle because their attorneys will advise them that their juries will likely be stocked with jacobins.
early 14c., of the order of Dominican friars whose order built its first convent near the church of Saint-Jacques in Paris, from Old French Jacobin (13c.) "Dominican friar," also, in the Middle East, "a Copt;" see Jacob. The Revolutionary extremists took up quarters there October 1789. Used generically of radicals and allegedly radical reformers since 1793. Related: Jacobinism.