2. Us a member of a secret revolutionary movement formed in New York and Ireland to free Ireland from English rulethe movement was most active in the 1860s and continued until WWI
3. of the Fenians
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Word origin of 'Fenian'< pl. of Ir Gael Fiann, the old militia of Ireland, after Finn, Fionn, hero of Irish tradition: assoc. with OIr fēne, inhabitant of Ireland