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Fronde

(frɒnd; French frɔ̃d)
n
(Historical Terms) French history either of two rebellious movements against the ministry of Cardinal Mazarin in the reign of Louis XIV, the first led by the parlement of Paris (1648–49) and the second by the princes (1650–53)
[C18: from French, literally: sling, the insurgent parliamentarians being likened to naughty schoolboys using slings]

Fronde

1648–53 French civil disturbances led by royal princes and members of the aristocracy during the minority of Louis XIV. Its failure paved the way for the king’s subsequent absolutism.
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The accord marked the first astronomical fronder that partitioned the globe into two spheres of influence by means of a line--a concrete meridian and its anti-meridian.
-- Il est de ces gens qui ont la manie de fronder tout ce qui est grand: ce sont ceux-la qui se sont attaques a la Sainte-Alliance; et pourtant rien n'a ete imagine de plus auguste et de plus salutaire a l'humanite.' -- Ces choses, diminuantes pour celui qui les a ecrites, sont signees Goethe" (WS 408).
His contemplation of the society girl Mabel, in a bedroom scene which emphatically echoes the one from Bel-Ami that we looked at earlier, is exemplary in this regard: "Il voyait ce linge remuer, se fronder et se froisser et se friper dix fois, en d'autres mains.