Definition of Jacobinism in US English:



  • See Jacobin

    • ‘The heart of Higonnet's argument is the claim that Jacobinism was a single liberal sensibility, with pre-revolutionary roots, characterized by two distinct, but intertwined, themes: individualism and universalism.’
    • ‘Marat was a cult figure for extreme Jacobinism, and it is entirely credible that someone actually stood up on the floor of the Convention and shouted to David, Give us back Marat whole!’
    • ‘The seeds of Christianity, blown over the wall can, as Eisenstadt suggests, generate Jacobinism, or Utopias of love complemented by Utopias of rational harmony, and all oblivious that Utopia, like Erewhon, means Nowhere.’
    • ‘The idea that the world can be regenerated by spectacular acts of violence echoes the orthodoxy of French Jacobinism, nineteenth-century European and Russian anarchism, and Lenin's Bolshevism.’
    • ‘During its last, fleeting endorsement of Jacobinism, on 18 September 1794, the Convention had carried the drift of the Revolution since 1790 to a logical conclusion when it finally renounced the constitutional Church.’