term of contempt applied by the aristocrats to the republicans of the poorly clad
French Revolutionary army, who substituted pantaloons for knee breeches
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Derived forms sans-culottic (ˌsans-cuˈlottic)
adjective or ˌsans-cuˈlottish
Word origin of 'sans-culotte'
Fr, lit., without breeches: (see sans