Definition of sans-culotte in English:

sans-culotte

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Pronunciation: /ˌsan(z)kjʊˈlɒt
 
, sɑ̃kylɔt/

noun

  • 1A lower-class Parisian republican in the French Revolution.
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    • For the urban poor and even respectable tradesmen, hunger was never far away and during the French Revolution the Parisian sans-culottes had a national maximum for prices as one of their principal political goals.
    • While the French Revolution politicized the sans-culottes, the Industrial Revolution industrialized them.
    • Proposals were initially made to revise the Constitution of 1793 but, in the wake of abortive uprisings by the Parisian sans-culottes in the spring of 1795, a fresh document was devised instead.
  • 1.1An extreme republican or revolutionary.
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    • Along with sans-culotte politics came revolutionary tactics.
    • The statement's adoption was in line with the republican movement's calculated agenda to get into power on both sides of the border as an electoral avenue towards a united Ireland with a Sinn Féin sans-culotte hue.
    • Neither was it a Rousseauist abstraction, but a body of angry sans-culottes protesting against the recession and tax increases.

Derivatives

sans-culottism

noun
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  • Herbert, he argues, had difficulties in adopting a clear attitude to two currents predominant during the year II - sans-culottism and Jacobinism.
  • We wish to know if a cultural, a literary sans-culottism is possible, except with chaos as a goal.

Origin

French, literally 'without knee breeches'.

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