Revolution – Turning stars

Revolution: A forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favour of a new system.

Revolution joined English in the late 1500s via the French (of course). It’s original meaning was ‘to turn’ which is still in use today, and came from the Latin word ‘revolutionem’ which referred to the turning of the planets.

In the 1500s it began to be used to mean ‘a great change’, its first use in a political sense was to apply to James II defeating the Stuarts in 1688.


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