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1. One of a legendary group of heroic Irish warriors of the second and third centuries ad.
2. A member of a secret revolutionary organization in the United States and Ireland in the mid-19th century, dedicated to the overthrow of British rule in Ireland.
[From alteration (influenced by féne, body of freemen under early Irish law) of Irish Gaelic fianna, bands of young warriors, from Old Irish fíanna, pl. of fían.]
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1. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a member of an Irish revolutionary organization founded in the US in the 19th century to fight for an independent Ireland
2. (European Myth & Legend) Irish myth one of the Fianna
3. derogatory offensive an Irish Catholic or a person of Irish Catholic descent
(Historical Terms) of or relating to the Fenians
[C19: from Irish Gaelic fēinne, plural of fian band of warriors]
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Fe•ni•an(ˈfi ni ən, ˈfin yən)
1. a member of an Irish revolutionary organization founded in New York in 1858, which worked for the establishment of an independent Irish republic.
2. a member of a band of warriors whose deeds formed the subject matter of a cycle of Irish legends.
[1810–20; < Irish féinne]
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