Definition of Girondist in English:


(also Girondin)

Pronunciation /jəˈrändəst/ /dʒəˈrɑndəst/


  • A member of the French moderate republican party in power 1791–93 during the French Revolution, 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.’
    • ‘In June 1793, factional disputes with the Convention resulted in the replacement of the Girondins with the Jacobins, a far more radical group.’
    • ‘Like many political revolutionaries, the origins of the anarchists lie in the French Revolution; this was the first time the word was used, by the Girondins.’


From archaic French Girondiste (now Girondin).