jusqu’auboutiste noun earlier than Sept. 1917

jusqu’auboutiste noun earlier than Sept. 1917

Bryn provided evidence from 1916.

The term jusqu’auboutiste, referring to a person who advocates carrying on a conflict ‘jusqu’au bout’, or until the bitter end, was used in 1917 in a magazine article:

As a reasonable jusquaboutist I have some misgivings about Mr. Henry Arthur Jones’s farce parable, The Pacifists.

1917 Punch 12 Sept., p. 195/1

We know that the term was used earlier than this in French, and that jusqu’au bout was used earlier in English, and earlier in the war in a specifically military context (1915: ‘the war must be continued “jusqu’au bout”’). Is there any earlier evidence of jusqu’auboutiste as used in English?

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