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Gi·ronde 1

 (jə-rŏnd′, zhē-rōNd′, zhĭ-)
An estuary of southwest France formed by the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers and opening into the Bay of Biscay.

Gi·ronde 2

 (jə-rŏnd′, zhē-rōNd′, zhĭ-)
A moderate republican political party of Revolutionary France (1791-1793).

[After Gironde, a department of southwest France.]

Gi·rond′ist n.


(Historical Terms) a member of a party of moderate republicans during the French Revolution, many of whom came from Gironde: overthrown (1793) by their rivals the Jacobins. See also Jacobin1
(Historical Terms) of or relating to the Girondists or their principles
Giˈrondism n


(dʒəˈrɒn dɪst)

1. a member of a French political party of moderate republicans (1791–93) whose leaders were from the department of Gironde.
2. of or pertaining to the Girondists.
[1785–95; < French girondiste]
Gi•ron′dism, n.
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Noun1.Girondist - a member of the moderate republican party that was in power during the French Revolution; the Girondists were overthrown by their more radical rivals the Jacobins
revolutionary, revolutionist, subversive, subverter - a radical supporter of political or social revolution
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24) According to Mona Ozouf, the discourse of fraternity enjoyed a similar fate in Europe as a means of reconciling the tensions between moderate Girondist and radical Jacobin interpretations of the French Revolution, that is, between political and social understandings of the meaning of "equality.
Tenor Philippe Do, idiomatically heady of tone, seemed happier in his aristocratic breeches and cravat than in his bloodied freedom-fighter gear, but the imposing Irish-American baritone Brian Mulligan was equally comfortable as Girondist and general.
He even entertained the prospect of a parallel event occurring in England and could envision nothing more glorious than "figuring, successful or unsuccessful, as a Girondist in an English convention.
4) That Austen may have been open to moderate, Girondist versions of liberte, egalite, andfraternite is suggested by her reading of Helen Maria Williams, best known for her Letters Written in France: In the Summer of 1790 to a Friend in England, a text which supported the ideals of the revolution (see Jane Austen's letter to her sister Cassandra, 24 November 1815).
It was a stamp with a terribly figurative coat of arms, at odds with all the laws of heraldry and accompanied by a date and a motto translated from Girondist French: 15 June.
She is a far superior politician to her husband, Jean-Marie Roland, who was the interior minister in Louis XVI's Girondist cabinet of 1792.
Wordsworth the Girondist is chased into consciousness by the ghost of a text and event that figures waking life as witnessing crimes as terrible as Macbeth's regicide and murder.
Count Stanislaus de Clermon-Tonnerre (a Girondist member of the National Assembly), December 23, 1789, cited in Raphael Mahler, A History of Modern Jewry 1780-1815 (New York: Schocken, 1971), p.