One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A participant in or advocate of the massacre of political prisoners that took place in Paris on 2–6 September 1792.
2A participant in or supporter of the successful Portuguese insurrection of September 1836, in favour of the restoration of the constitution of 1822.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Helen Maria Williams (1761–1827), writer. From September + -ist. With sense 1 compare French septembriste and septembriseur.
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