en masse

\ äⁿ(n)-ˈmas, -ˈmäs, en- \

Definition of en masse 

: in a body : as a whole moved the inmates en masse to the new prison

Examples of en masse in a Sentence

Her supporters arrived en masse for the rally.

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Shortly after 11 am Pacific time, the march splintered as groups of people attempted to cross the border en masse. Dara Lind, Vox, "How a march at the US-Mexico border descended into tear gas and chaos," 26 Nov. 2018 The latter structure, which will house the rocket for final integration and then roll en masse to the launch pad before retreating to leave the bare rocket just before liftoff, weighs 7,000 tons and stands 100 meters tall. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 The state is the latest to see teachers leave schools en masse to confront state lawmakers, hoping to reverse years of budget cuts. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "North Carolina schools close as teachers confront lawmakers at state capitol," 16 May 2018 Still, the Southeast Asian nation is viewed by many analysts as highly vulnerable to the effects of market contagion if global investors decide to exit riskier emerging markets en masse and flee to safer assets. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Indonesia Raises Rates Again as Turkey’s Troubles Pressure Emerging Markets," 15 Aug. 2018 The Chinese returned that July en masse and gained the upper hand after Gen. Maxwell Taylor, commander of the U.S. Eighth Army and United Nations forces in Seoul, decided to abandon the hill at that point. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Joseph Clemons Jr., hero of Pork Chop Hill, dies at 90," 22 May 2018 Civil servants were fired en masse, and Fidesz allies were installed in vital roles, like election supervision. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Wisconsin power grab is part of a bigger Republican attack on democracy," 6 Dec. 2018 But a backlash against Christians was already brewing and persecution became rampant and systematic, with Christians executed en masse, including the famous 26 martyrs. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope says he hopes to visit Japan next year, fulfilling wish," 12 Sep. 2018 This was the first time media was invited inside, en masse, in more than four years, when company founder Elon Musk first unveiled the Crew Dragon spacecraft. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX reveals the controls of its Dragon spacecraft for the first time," 14 Aug. 2018

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1795, in the meaning defined above

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: as a single group : all together

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