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Dreyfus   /drˈaɪfəs/  /drˈeɪfəs/   Listen

French army officer of Jewish descent whose false imprisonment for treason in 1894 raised issues of anti-Semitism that dominated French politics until his release in 1906 (1859-1935).  Synonym: Alfred Dreyfus.

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"Dreyfus" Quotes from Famous Books

... deadly sin. The result of this submission of private judgment is that the voice of conscience is often stifled, and unscrupulous policies are carried through by Churchmen, which secular public opinion would have condemned decisively and rejected. The persecution of Dreyfus is a recent and strong instance. If all France had been Catholic, the victim of this shocking injustice would certainly have died in prison. It is extremely doubtful whether the presence of a highly organised Church ...
— Outspoken Essays • William Ralph Inge

... but much more the spotted leopard, who fascinates women. The notion that women have higher moral instincts than men Ellen Key regards as absurd. The majority of Frenchwomen, she remarks, were against Dreyfus, and the majority of Englishwomen approved the South African war. The really fundamental difference between man and woman is that he can usually give his best as a creator, and she as a lover, that his value is according to his work and ...
— The Task of Social Hygiene • Havelock Ellis

Words linked to "Dreyfus" :   Alfred Dreyfus, army officer

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