from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See dragonade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The severe persecution of French Protestants under Louis XIV., by an armed force, usually of dragoons; hence, a rapid and devastating incursion; dragoonade.

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  • noun a policy by Louis XIV to intimidate Huguenots to reconvert to Roman Catholicism


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French dragon, dragoon


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  • Meanwhile the commissioners (intendants) were working with all their might to bring about conversions of Protestants, to which end some of them made as much use of dragoons as they did missionaries, so that their system of making converts by force rather than by conviction came to be branded with the name of dragonnade.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability 1840-1916 1913

  • It was intended at first to quarter these troopers on Roupeiroux, the King's adjutant; but having promptly changed his religion to avoid the horrors of the dragonnade, they were removed to the house of De Péchels, and he was ordered by

    The Huguenots in France Samuel Smiles 1858

  • They refused to be converted by the priests; and then Louis XIV. determined to dragonnade them.

    The Huguenots in France Samuel Smiles 1858

  • Gauthier, "commandant of the Paris detachment of Searchers, and charged with the powers of the Committee of Supervision," makes his patriotic circuit, and Roland knows beforehand of what that consists, namely, a dragonnade [3276] in regular form on the domains of all nobles, absent or present. [

    The French Revolution - Volume 2 Hippolyte Taine 1860


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  • JM wonders if it is always the year of the dragonnade

    August 29, 2010