Sans-culotte

Sans`-cu`lotte"

(F. ; E. ), n. [F., without breeches.] 1. A fellow without breeches; a ragged fellow; -- a name of reproach given in the first French revolution to the extreme republican party, who rejected breeches as an emblem peculiar to the upper classes or aristocracy, and adopted pantaloons.
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2. Hence, an extreme or radical republican; a violent revolutionist; a Jacobin.
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