Dragoon
Dragoon Dra*goon", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dragooned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dragooning}.] 1. To harass or reduce to subjection by dragoons; to persecute by abandoning a place to the rage of soldiers. [1913 Webster]

2. To compel submission by violent measures; to harass; to persecute. [1913 Webster]

The colonies may be influenced to anything, but they can be dragooned to nothing. --Price. [1913 Webster]

Lewis the Fourteenth is justly censured for trying to dragoon his subjects to heaven. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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  • dragoon — index bait (harass), coerce, persecute Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • dragoon — (n.) 1620s, from Fr. dragon carbine, musket, because the guns the soldiers carried breathed fire like a dragon. The verb is from 1680s, lit. to force by the agency of dragoons (which were used by the French kings to persecute Protestants). Also… …   Etymology dictionary

  • dragoon — ► NOUN 1) a member of any of several British cavalry regiments. 2) historical a mounted infantryman armed with a carbine. ► VERB ▪ coerce into doing something. ORIGIN originally denoting a kind of carbine or musket, thought of as breathing fire:… …   English terms dictionary

  • dragoon — [drə go͞on′] n. [Fr dragon (see DRAGON): ? so called from their fire breathing weapons] 1. Historical a) a mounted soldier armed with a short musket (called a dragon), capable of fighting on horseback or on foot b) a heavily armed cavalryman 2. a …   English World dictionary

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  • dragoon — dragoonage, n. /dreuh goohn /, n. 1. (esp. formerly) a European cavalryman of a heavily armed troop. 2. a member of a military unit formerly composed of such cavalrymen, as in the British army. 3. (formerly) a mounted infantryman armed with a… …   Universalium

  • dragoon — I UK [drəˈɡuːn] / US [drəˈɡun] noun [countable] Word forms dragoon : singular dragoon plural dragoons a soldier in the past who rode a horse and used a gun II UK [drəˈɡuːn] / US [drəˈɡun] verb Word forms dragoon : present tense I/you/we/they… …   English dictionary

  • dragoon — dra|goon1 [drəˈgu:n] n [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: dragon dragon, gun, soldier with a gun ] a soldier in past times who rode a horse and carried a gun and sword dragoon 2 dragoon2 v dragoon into [dragoon sb into sth] phr v to force… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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