One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A communal uprising or revolt.
rebellion, revolt, insurrection, mutiny, uprising, riot, rioting, rising, insurgence, insurgency, coup, overthrow, seizure of power, regime changeView synonyms
- ‘The exclusion of the Corsicans in the high administration, the legal inequalities and the economic situation started a succession of jacqueries.’
- ‘Peasant risings had erupted in the south and east of Russia, for centuries the regions from which jacqueries had sprung.’
- ‘The jacqueries, the peasants’ war, Stenka Razin, Pugachev, also Milan, Trieste, Lyon in 183o, and so forth-those were the great insurrections.’
- ‘The peasants had only ever produced violent jacqueries, which usually ended in disaster, most recently in the Boxer rebellion of 1900.’
- ‘Threatened by plots, riots, jacquerie, and pressure from the newly emancipated crowds and journalists of Paris, the Assembly quickly moved far beyond the wishes of the people as expressed in the cahiers.’
Early 16th century (referring to the 1357 peasants' revolt against the nobles in northern France): from Old French, literally ‘villeins’, from Jacques, a given name used in the sense ‘peasant’.
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