One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A French Protestant of the 16th–17th centuries. Largely Calvinist, the Huguenots suffered severe persecution at the hands of the Catholic majority, and many thousands emigrated from France.
- ‘Althusius was strongly influenced by French Huguenots and Calvinism.’
- ‘The Huguenots were French Protestants who had been persecuted for their faith.’
- ‘During Richelieu's campaign against the Huguenots, France had to borrow boats to transport their troops and supplies.’
- ‘Early beneficiaries were the French Huguenots who came there after Louis XIV's outlawing of Protestantism in 1685.’
- ‘To start with Louis embarked on a policy to bring the Huguenots back to the Catholic Church.’
- ‘The first Huguenot ministers arrived in France in 1553.’
- ‘By 1561 there were 2000 Calvinist churches in France and the Huguenots had become a political faction that seemed to threaten the state.’
- ‘They welcomed Jews and Huguenots in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.’
- ‘During the 1750s French Huguenots suffered the last great wave of state-sponsored persecution, and Jansenists within the Gallican Church fared little better.’
- ‘In the end there were over two million members of the Huguenot churches in France.’
French, alteration (by association with the name of a Geneva burgomaster, Besançon Hugues) of eiguenot, from Dutch eedgenot, from Swiss German Eidgenoss ‘confederate’, from Eid ‘oath’ + Genoss ‘associate’.
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