Definition of Rump Parliament in English:

Rump Parliament

proper noun

  • The part of the Long Parliament which continued to sit after Pride's Purge in 1648 and voted for the trial which resulted in the execution of Charles I.



Origin uncertain: said to derive from The Bloody Rump, the name of a paper written before the trial, the word being popularized after a speech by Major General Brown, given at a public assembly; also said to have been coined by Clem Walker in his History of Independency (1648), as a term for those strenuously opposing the king.