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1. A radical or extreme leftist.
2. A radical republican during the French Revolution.
3. A Dominican friar.

[Middle English, Dominican friar, from French, from Old French (frere) jacobin (translation of Medieval Latin (frāter) Iacōbīnus, Jacobinic brother, from Iacōbus, James, after the church of Saint Jacques in Paris, near which the friars built their first convent). Sense 2, from the fact that the Jacobins first met in the convent.]

Jac′o·bin′ic, Jac′o·bin′i·cal adj.
Jac′o·bin·ism n.
Jac′o·bin·ize′ (-bĭ-nīz′) v.
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Adj.1.Jacobinical - of or relating to the Jacobins of the French Revolution; "Jacobinic terrorism"
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Richard Polwhele's pairing of voguish attire with Jacobinical politics in The Unsex'd Females (1798) provides a case in point:
Then, the obsolete paradigm was dynastic competition, especially that between the Houses of Hapsburg and Romanov; the new paradigm was set by the mortal threat posed to all Christian, conservative monarchies by the notion of popular sovereignty and Jacobinical definitions of human rights.
America, condemning and even attacking other countries to push 'democracy' and Jacobinical definitions of human rights, is becoming the leader of the international left.
The lineage - which begins not with Christopher Hill's seventeenth-century ultras but with the Levellers - takes us through the Jacobinical moment of the 1790s, to the Chartists, and thence, in a final flourish, to the Women's Social and Political Union of the early twentieth-century.
Her Society appeared to have no problem with Thomas Paine, though six years later another club in the town banned all Jacobinical literature from its shelves, including Paine's entire oeuvre.
encouragement of jacobinical principles is the most powerful incentive
In the increasing predilection of legal theorists such as Ronald Dworkin, Stephen Knapp and Roberto Unger to invoke Romantic paradigms of literary interpretation for use in judgment, we see the replication of a Coleridgean illusion that justice can be achieved through a reading strategy which simply masks the very Jacobinical innovation it seeks to eliminate.
(8) In his powerful polemic against the 'modern Jacobinical drama', he highlights the intrinsically ethnic nature of the Gothic, ultimately wresting it away from the Germans, though still firmly defining it as a Northern cultural phenomenon.
In his youthful Essay he argued for the possibility of an imaginative merger between the two, while in his political writings one pillar of his Jacobinical outlook was the belief in the potential of any private person to gain an important public role, which goes a long a long way to explain his admiration of Napoleon as well.
With Jacobinical zeal the feds depicted Helmsley as a hateful aristocrat, a super-rich "Queen of Mean" who disdainfully insisted that only "little people" pay taxes.
Drawing on existing scholarship on eighteenth-century maritime culture, Celcelski defines these politics as "radical and Jacobinical" and suggests that there was a continuity from the eighteenth to the nineteenth centuries in the democratic ideas that defined maritime life.