en bloc

adverb or adjective

: as a whole : in a mass

Examples of en bloc in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The federal judge had to endure hours of public scrutiny from skeptics, namely the Republican senators who are erecting a wall of opposition to her landmark nomination, the first in the court’s 233-year history, and may vote en bloc against her confirmation. Lisa Mascaro, chicagotribune.com, 27 Mar. 2022 The House Freedom Caucus, which nominated Donalds for the job, has been voting en bloc for the Florida congressman and other members other than McCarthy. Houston Keene | Fox News, Fox News, 4 Jan. 2023 Towards the end of the exercise, several amendments were also voted en bloc—that is, one vote for six amendments, rather than considering them each separately, indicating the level of exhaustion among senators. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 7 Aug. 2022 At the festival, Kinmot will be showcasing 46 highlights from the collection, which is being sold en bloc for $2 million. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 14 Apr. 2022 Dozens of amendments to the NDAA have already been considered and adopted en bloc with support from members of both parties. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 1 Sep. 2021 Similarly, Whitehouse’s implicit claim that the conservative justices vote en bloc appears to be projection. Aron Ravin, National Review, 14 June 2021 The final rule allowed en bloc roll-call votes for bills brought forward Monday or Tuesday until Thursday. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, 20 Apr. 2021 Democrats voted en bloc against nominees in committee. John Barrasso, WSJ, 6 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of en bloc was in 1861

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“En bloc.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/en%20bloc. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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