Antedating of "Guillotine"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Dec 27 23:04:01 UTC 2005

guillotine (OED 1793)

1790 Ireland. Parliament. House of Commons. Debates on Mr. Ponsonbys
motion for a parliamentary reform. 9 (Eighteenth Century Collections
Online)  They have added the force of enthusiasm to the fury of an unholy
war; a sort of anti-crusade, in which they bear the guillotine against the

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