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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.]

Fe′ni·an adj.
Fe′ni·an·ism n.


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]
ˈFenianism n


(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]
Fe′ni•an•ism, n.
References in classic literature ?
The name is that of Michael O'Neill, popularly called Prince Michael, partly because he claimed descent from ancient Fenian princes, and partly because he was credited with a plan to make himself prince president of Ireland, as the last Napoleon did of France.
There had never been any wearing of the green, any Fenian conspiracies, any land disturbances.
As a member of the Fenian Brotherhood, an organization of Irish-American nationalists formed in the United States, he had already led two incursions into British North America, with the objective of seizing some real estate and a major city or two, and then ransoming it in exchange for an independent Irish republic.
A judge was told that at one stage the 34-year-old shouted out: "Come on you Fenian f***ers.
They have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.
They heard the re-enactment of Pearse's immortal words: "The fools, they have left us our Fenian dead and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace".
Sim also considers the impact of the Fenian movement in the context of the American Civil War, a subject that has been much examined.
Tenders are invited for facilities management services at psi~~~~s headquarter premises (psi house in fenian st, dublin 2).
Steward (Mayo Clinic Development Office) and McGovern (history, Kennesaw State University) draw on previously unavailable primary sources to chart the rise and fall of the Fenian Brotherhood movement, started by Irish immigrants living in North America and the UK, and the related movement in Dublin called the Irish Republican Brotherhood.
Fenian Michael Barrett was convicted of the outrage, on evidence many felt to be dubious, and became the last man hanged in public in England.
Hartson said: "Even now when you walk through the streets of Glasgow, they say: 'You f*** fenian this, fenian that.
The Fenian Problem: Insurgency and Terrorism in a Liberal State, 1858-1874.