(also Girondin /dʒɪˈrɒndɪn/ /ʒiʀɔ̃dɛ̃/)
A member of the French moderate republican Party in power during the Revolution 1791-3, so called because the party leaders were the deputies from the department of the Gironde.
- What made a Girondin was revolutionary intransigence: an attitude of mind that was not prepared to compromise the principles of 1789, whatever happened.
- In turn, the Girondists ' supporters rebelled against the Convention.
- The point is that both the moderation of the constitutional Girondists and the anti-constitutional Jacobins had depended on being able to stir and steer popular power.
From archaic French Girondiste (now Girondin).
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