Fenian[fē′nē ən, fēn′yən]
- any of a group of legendary military heroes of ancient Ireland
- ☆ a member of a secret revolutionary movement formed in New York and Ireland to free Ireland from English rule: the movement was most active in the 1860s and continued until WWI
Origin: < pl. of Ir Gael Fiann, the old militia of Ireland, after Finn, Fionn, hero of Irish tradition: assoc. with OIr fēne, inhabitant of Ireland
- Fenianism noun
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- One of a legendary group of heroic Irish warriors of the second and third centuries A.D.
- A member of a secret revolutionary organization in the United States and Ireland in the mid-19th century, dedicated to the overthrow of British rule in Ireland.
Origin: From alteration (influenced by féne, body of freemen under early Irish law) of Irish Gaelic fianna, bands of young warriors, from Old Irish fíanna, pl. of fían.
- Feˈni·an adjective
- Feˈni·an·ism noun