Noyade

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Noyade A drowning of many persons at once, -- a method of execution practiced at Nantes in France during the Reign of Terror, by Jean Baptiste Carrier.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n noyade The act of putting to death by drowning; specifically, a mode of executing persons during the reign of terror in France, practised by the revolutionary agent Carrier at Nantes toward the close of 1793 and the beginning of 1794. The prisoners, having been bound, were embarked in a vessel with a movable bottom, which was suddenly opened when the vessel reached the middle of the Loire, thus precipitating the condemned persons into the water.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Noyade nwa-yad′ an infamous mode of drowning by means of a boat with movable bottom, practised by Carrier at Nantes, 1793-94.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. noyer, to drown, L. necare, to kill
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—noyer, to drown.

Usage

In literature:

CARRIER, a Revolutionist, in National Assembly, Nantes noyades, guillotined.
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
Finding a rate of 200 executions a day insufficient he invented the noyade.
"The French Revolution" by R. M. Johnston
Besides the victims of the Noyades were those who perished in other merciless ways.
"Zigzag Journeys in Europe" by Hezekiah Butterworth
We want to have a true account of the Noyades.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 63, No. 389, March 1848" by Various
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