Sieyes



Emmanuel Joseph
[e-ma-ny-el zhaw-zef] /ɛ ma nüˈɛl ʒɔˈzɛf/ (Show IPA), (“Abbé Sieyès”) 1748–1836, French priest and revolutionist.
Historical Examples

sieyes was very busy reading his prayers, and, for a few moments, he did not perceive their departure.
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, No. XXIII.–April, 1852.–Vol. IV. Various

The Council of Ancients was to be brought around by the influence of sieyes.
Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century Various

They took the hint, and divided the spoil; sieyes taking the lion’s share.
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, No. XXIV, May 1852, Vol. IV Various

sieyes, an experienced observer of such scenes, was still on horseback in the court, and quickly re-assured him.
The History of Napoleon Buonaparte John Gibson Lockhart

This certainly was not very democratic, and yet sieyes was soon afterwards the most rampant of all possible democrats.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847 Various

A neat remark was made upon the abbè sieyes, to whose prolific mind the revolution and all its changes have been imputed.
The Stranger in France John Carr

His name was sieyes, and you all know that he too had been a priest before the Revolution.
An Historical Mystery Honore de Balzac

That of sieyes in particular, and that of Talleyrand, are master-pieces, full of life and expression.
The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 2 (of 4) Thomas Babington Macaulay

sieyes was greatly alarmed at the generosity of some of Napoleon’s acts.
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, No. XXIV, May 1852, Vol. IV Various

sieyes was the only one whose talents and influence Napoleon feared.
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, No. XXIII.–April, 1852.–Vol. IV. Various

noun
Emmanuel Joseph (ɛmanɥɛl ʒozɛf), called Abbé Sieyès. 1748–1836, French statesman, political theorist, and churchman, who became prominent during the Revolution following the publication of his pamphlet Qu’est-ce que le tiers état? (1789). He was instrumental in bringing Napoleon I to power (1799)

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