Molly Maguire
Molly Mol"ly, n. A pet or colloquial name for Mary. [1913 Webster]

{Molly cottontail}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Cottontail}.

{Molly Maguire} (m[.a]*gw[imac]r"); pl. {Molly Maguires} (-gw[imac]rz). (a) A member of a secret association formed among the tenantry in Ireland about 1843, principally for the purpose of intimidating law officers and preventing the service of legal writs. Its members disguised themselves in the dress of women. (b) A member of a similar association of Irishmen organized in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania, about 1854, for the purpose of intimidating employers and officers of the law, and for avenging themselves by murder on persons obnoxious to them. The society was broken up by criminal prosecutions in 1876. [1913 Webster]


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  • Molly Maguire — secret society in the mining districts of Pennsylvania, 1867 (suppressed 1876); named for earlier secret society formed in Ireland (1843) to resist payment of rents. From Molly (see MOLL (Cf. Moll)) + common Irish surname Maguire. Memebers were… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Molly Maguire — /meuh gwuyeur / 1. Irish Hist. a member of a secret terrorist society organized in Ireland in 1843 to prevent evictions by the government: so called because the members disguised themselves as women. 2. U.S. Hist. a member of a former secret… …   Universalium

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  • Molly Maguire — member of a secret terrorist society established in 1843 in Ireland to prevent expulsion by the government; member of a former secret association established around 1865 fighting for better working conditions (USA) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Molly Maguire — /meuh gwuyeur / 1. Irish Hist. a member of a secret terrorist society organized in Ireland in 1843 to prevent evictions by the government: so called because the members disguised themselves as women. 2. U.S. Hist. a member of a former secret… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Molly Maguires — ist der Name eines geheimen, irischen Bergarbeiterbundes, der Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts in den Kohleminen von Pennsylvanien in den Vereinigten Staaten aktiv war. Die Gruppe galt als gewalttätig, wenn es auch nie eindeutige Beweise gab, dass die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Molly — Mol ly, n. A pet or colloquial name for Mary. [1913 Webster] {Molly cottontail}. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Cottontail}. {Molly Maguire} (m[.a]*gw[imac]r ); pl. {Molly Maguires} ( gw[imac]rz). (a) A member of a secret association formed among the tenantry… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Molly cottontail — Molly Mol ly, n. A pet or colloquial name for Mary. [1913 Webster] {Molly cottontail}. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Cottontail}. {Molly Maguire} (m[.a]*gw[imac]r ); pl. {Molly Maguires} ( gw[imac]rz). (a) A member of a secret association formed among the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Molly Maguires — For the movie, see The Molly Maguires (film). Location of the counties in northeastern Pennsylvania where the Molly Maguires were active The Molly Maguires were members of an Irish American secret society, whose members consisted mainly of coal… …   Wikipedia

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