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Of or relating to a militant rural protest movement, arising in the south of Ireland in 1821 under a mythical leader named Captain Rock, and concerned principally with tenants' rights, fair rents, and other agrarian questions.
A member or supporter of the Rockite movement.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From the name of Captain Rock, the notional leader of the group + -ite.
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