sansculotte

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sansculotte

(ˌsænzkjʊˈlɒt; French sɑ̃kylɔt)
n
1. (Historical Terms) (during the French Revolution)
a. (originally) a revolutionary of the poorer class
b. (later) any revolutionary, esp one having extreme republican sympathies
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any revolutionary extremist
[C18: from French, literally: without knee breeches, because the revolutionaries wore pantaloons or trousers rather than knee breeches]
ˌsanscuˈlottism n
ˌsanscuˈlottist n
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