cri de coeur

\ ˌkrē-də-ˈkər How to pronounce cri de coeur (audio) \
plural cris de coeur\ ˌkrē-​də-​ˈkər How to pronounce cri de coeur (audio) \

Definition of cri de coeur

: a passionate outcry (as of appeal or protest)

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Recent Examples on the Web Above all, though, this outstanding teacher reminds us that no matter how emotional the cri de coeur, calculation underlies the poet’s ecstasy. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 And then why such a political cri de coeur from the inventor of a typewriter? New York Times, 18 Jan. 2022 Consider John Podesta’s letter to congressional Democrats this week, a cri de coeur from a senior adviser to the past two Democratic Presidents. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 23 Sep. 2021 But when Connor dies by suicide, Evan’s cri de coeur is mistaken as intimate correspondence between the two. Chris Lee, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2021 This makes next week’s election look less like a cri de coeur from a minority faction and more like playing with fire. Anna Wiene, The New Yorker, 8 Sep. 2021 But the book's millennial cri de coeur can also tip into navel-gazing indulgence, heavy with the undergrad fugue of late night dorm-room debates and clove-cigarette smoke. Leah Greenblatt,, 23 Aug. 2021 Baldwin’s essay is a cri de coeur on the banality of American life. Time, 30 Apr. 2021 His stress echoed the cri de coeur of many Russians struggling with the unchecked power of the police. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of cri de coeur

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cri de coeur

French, literally, cry from the heart

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“Cri de coeur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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