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1. A member or advocate of the Commune of Paris of 1871.
2. communard One who lives in a commune.

[French, from commune, commune; see commune2.]


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a member of a commune


(Historical Terms) any person who participated in or supported the Paris Commune formed after the Franco-Prussian War in 1871
[C19: from French]


(ˈkɒm yəˌnɑrd)

1. a member or supporter of the Paris Commune of 1871.
2. (l.c.) a person who lives in a commune.
[1870–75; < French; see commune3, -ard]
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This group of men and women, all tolerably intelligent and thoughtful looking, are so-called enemies of society--Nihilists, Anarchists, Communards, members of the International,and so on.
There are Communard remixes of Never Can Say Goodbye, You Are My World '87, Disenchanted and Don't Leave Me This Way, plus different versions of the Jimmy Somerville hits Hurts So Good, Comment Te Dire Adieu, Heartbeat and You Make Me Feel Mighty Real.
Henry's residence still stands in Victoria Street, Kings Cross--and once you know a Communard once lived in the building, you'll never look at the Travellers' Rest backpackers hostel in quite the same fashion.
It is plain that on the cusp of making aliyah, I was less a Zionist than a would-be communard taking my stand with social democracy in its most successful incarnation.
White dismisses this claim as Freudian claptrap and points out the implausibility of soldiers in a city full of prostitutes and willing sex partners bothering to rape a fellow Communard, much less do so in front of one another.
He portrayed the Communard prisoners as a scruffy, misshapen lot, drawing freely from his caricaturist's arsenal of snout-like noses, maniacal eyes, lumpy flesh, squinty eyes, and wild hair.
This article will examine how Versailles attempted to portray Vincent's action as symbolic of communard deceit; how it became virtually impossible for the Commune to regain the trust of library managers and employees; and how Elie Reclus, a widely respected humanitarian and academic, was faced with the challenging task of managing the library and protecting its collection during the final five weeks of the Commune's existence.
Here we have the wanderer (from Greifswald to Dresden) Friedrich; the recluse (among a cheerful fraternity of medievalists) Overbeck and the exile (with frequent visits to Paris) Gauguin; the sloven Cezanne and the dandy Manet; the Communard Courbet, the Anarchist Pissarro and the anti-Dreyfusard Degas.
Poupin, an exiled communard, is depicted tongue-in-cheek, as "a socialist," "a constructive democrat .
Twenty pages later, his point that 1871 Communard politics were "associationist and socialistic but not collectivist, a point that cannot be over-emphasised" is "explained" by noting that, amongst other things, the Parisian working class were 95 per cent literate--so if they had been illiterate, they would have respected private property less, presumably.
Goncourt's elation is that Communard "artistes" have turned the Hotel de Ville into an exotic palace.
Goncourt's elation is that Communard "artistes" have transformed the Hotel de Ville into an exotic palace.

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