cri de coeur

noun
\ 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)

Examples of cri de coeur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His stress echoed the cri de coeur of many Russians struggling with the unchecked power of the police. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "In Russia’s Idyllic Wine Country, Dark Tales of Dreams Dashed," 1 Nov. 2020 Thus did the cri de coeur of solidarity with the Palestinians fade against the military and technological allure of Israel. Peter Rough, National Review, "The Bull in Europe’s China Shop," 27 Sep. 2020 Two years ago, a cri de coeur of an essay addressing why middle-aged women were overwhelmed and exhausted went viral. Hilary Howard, New York Times, "How a Voice of Female Gen X Anxiety Spends Her Sundays," 3 Jan. 2020 For their successors today, that cri de coeur is outdated. Mattia Ferraresi, WSJ, "Cancel Culture Comes to France," 6 Feb. 2020 Crain’s sentences themselves, with their jewelled words and carefully curated perceptions, constitute a kind of cri de coeur. Garth Greenwell, The New Yorker, "Caleb Crain’s “Overthrow” and the Power of Literary Form," 28 Aug. 2019 Bukovsky’s uncompromising views should be seen as a cri de coeur from someone who devoted much of his life to fighting political tyranny. Amy Knight, The New York Review of Books, "The Secret Files of the Soviet Union," 7 Jan. 2020 Jimmy exits Season 4 in a jubilant mood after persuading the legal review board to reinstate his license to practice law with what appears to be a genuine cri de coeur invoking his late brother’s memory. Hugh Hart, chicagotribune.com, "For Bob Odenkirk, Saul Goodman’s reptilian brain is to blame for character’s bad behavior," 23 Aug. 2019 The relationship offered a path to forgiveness for the kind of character most millennial cris de coeur have been content to leave hanging. Judy Berman, Time, "The 10 Best TV Shows of 2019," 29 Nov. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cri%20de%20coeur. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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