Antedating of "Revolutionary"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 23 13:14:32 UTC 2004

revolutionary (OED 1774)

[1716 P. R., Doctor Utriusque Juris _A Roman Catholick system of
allegiance, in favour of the present establishment_ 70  The
_Anti-Revolutionary Gentlemen_.]

1718 Alexander Ramkins _The memoirs of Majr. Alexander Ramkins, a
Highland-officer, now in prison at Avingnon_ (1719) 181  No Roman
Catholick was oblig'd to oppose the Revolutionary Measures in Conscience,
much less in Policy.

Fred Shapiro

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