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Thermidor Syllabification: Ther·mi·dor
Pronunciation: /ˈTHərmədôr/

Definition of Thermidor in English:


1The eleventh month of the French Republican calendar (1793–1805), originally running from July 19 to August 17.
Example sentences
  • On the ‘ninth and tenth Thermidor of the sixth year of the First French Republic’ - 27-28 July, 1798 that is - the first fruits of Napoleon's plunder from Italy reached Paris.
  • With the 9th of Thermidor, the machinery of the Jacobin republic was dismantled.
  • Ironically, perhaps, the last collective act of the clubs was to celebrate the anniversary of 9-10 Thermidor.
1.1A reaction of moderates following a revolution, such as that which occurred in Paris on 9 Thermidor (July 27) 1794 and resulted in the fall of Robespierre.


Pronunciation: /ˌTHərməˈdôrēən/
Example sentences
  • It appealed to lower class Protestants because of its appeal to defend the ‘Protestant Ascendancy’ against the challenge of Republicanism (itself having given way to Thermidorian reaction in France) and Catholicism.
  • The ‘sexual revolution’ has already degenerated into a Thermidorian reaction, and what was hoped would be liberation has merely reinvented the old authoritarianism.
  • Instead, Lajer-Burcharth highlights the interaction of David's art and certain psychocultural aspects of Thermidorian society shaken by the Terror.


French, from Greek thermē 'heat' + dōron 'gift'.

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