Definition of The Rights of Man from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


The Rights of Man

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a book (1791-2) by Thomas Paine. It explained his ideas for a fair society, and supported free education, pensions for old people, greater rights for women, a fairer tax system, and the right to vote. It also supported the revolutions in America and France, and criticized the British government. Because of this, Paine was accused of treason (= the crime of betraying his country) by the British government, and was forced to leave Britain.