(g soft). French, Girondins, moderate republicans in
the first French Revolution. So called from the department of Gironde,
which chose for the Legislative Assembly five men who greatly
distinguished themselves for their oratory, and formed a political
party. They were subsequently joined by Brissot, Condorcet, and the
adherents of Roland. The party is called The Gironde.
“The new assembly, called the Legislative Assembly, met October 1,
1791. Its more moderate members formed the party called the
—C. M. Yonge: France, chap. ix. p. 168.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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