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7. Citoyenne.


The vile word Citizeness was coined by some of our translators in the days of the French revolution. Gower might have suggested a more allowable term.

The thirde daie she goth to plaine
With many a worthie citezaine,
And he with many a cirtezeine

ff. 13.

Citizen and Citizene might perhaps have been used upon this authority, and the analogy of hero and heroine. The word would not be worth a hint were it not for Madame Roland’s writings.