Reign of Terror

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Reign of Terror

n.
1. The period (1793-1794) of the French Revolution during which the republican government was temporarily suspended, power was concentrated in the hands of a small group of revolutionaries, and thousands of suspected counterrevolutionaries were executed.
2. reign of terror pl. reigns of terror A period of brutal suppression or intimidation by those in power.

Reign of Terror

n
(Historical Terms) the period of Jacobin rule during the French Revolution, during which thousands of people were executed for treason (Oct 1793–July 1794)

Reign′ of Ter′ror


n.
1. a period of the French Revolution (1793–94) during which many persons were ruthlessly executed by the ruling faction.
2. (l.c.) any period or situation of ruthless oppression or violence.

Reign of Terror

The period after Louis XVI’s execution from October 1793 to July 1794 when the Jacobins ruled and during which thousands of people were executed for political reasons.
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Noun1.reign of terror - any period of brutal suppression thought to resemble the Reign of Terror in France
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
reign - a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful; "he was helpless under the reign of his egotism"
2.Reign of Terror - the historic period (1793-94) during the French Revolution when thousands were executed; "the Reign of the Bourbons ended and the Reign of Terror began"
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But if we were a Republic - you know I am an old Jacobin, sans-culotte and terrorist - if this were a real Republic with the Convention sitting and a Committee of Public Safety attending to national business, you would all get your heads cut off.
Elected to the Orange County Committee of Public Safety in 1774, he soon parlayed that office into a seat in the new Virginia state assembly after independence.
Mr Blair and his cronies would like to transform the government into a latter day committee of public safety, creating a climate of fear to set people against each other in the spirit of the laws of suspects under Rebespierre "You are suspect of being suspect''.

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