sans-culottes

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sans-culottes

A name for republicans, originally meant as an insult, referring to the trousers worn by common people rather than courtly breeches.
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I am one of the dispossessed, a sansculotte, a proletarian, or, in simpler phraseology addressed to your understanding, a tramp.
In the foreground of James Gillray's Anti-Jacobin cartoon "The New Morality," Charles Lamb and Charles Lloyd, caricatured as "Toad & Frog" and surrounded by Liberty Caps and Sansculottes, croak out passages from their 1797 collection Blank Verse.
No sansculottes screaming for blood, no cold-minded Bolsheviks lurking in the shadows, no Ayatollahs dictating their actions in the name of God.
The riots of 12-13 germinal III had threatening sansculottes overtones, which inspired the Convention to abandon its procedural scruples and simply to decree retribution.
Yet don't we spectators--co-protagonists in the event--have some-what the aspect (and perhaps the function) of sansculottes from the time of the French Revolution, eyeing the nobility at table?
John Bull's acceptance of reform is equated with the surrender of his roast beef, plum pudding and porter to three unctuous and seedy sansculottes who address him with courtly politeness, but then offer him frogs to eat, before they attack him and trample him underfoot.