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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Fans will hope the show is more entertaining than the last PPV, May’s Backlash, which saw fans exit en masse during the Samoa Joe-Roman Reigns main event. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "WWE Money in the Bank 2018: Match Card, Start Time, Location, Rumors," 17 June 2018 The Rajneeshees, as they were known, moved en masse in the early 1980s to the tiny town of Antelope, Oregon, where their efforts to create a utopian city called Rajneeshpuram upset local residents. Ronit Feinglass Plank, The Atlantic, "Beyond the Spectacle of Wild Wild Country," 25 Apr. 2018 The original commercially-available tree, the Bradford, was sterile, unable to reproduce when they were planted en masse in America. Carrie Blackmore Smith, Cincinnati.com, "Ornamental pear trees are beautiful but they've got a dark side. Is an effort to contain them working?," 25 Apr. 2018 Counter-protesters came out en masse to condemn the hate groups who were scheduled to show up. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Only Thing Missing from Georgia's Neo-Nazi Rally was Actual Neo-Nazis," 23 Apr. 2018 Christian privilege as they were just kicked out of Iraq en masse or killed. Fox News, "Student speaks out about 'Christian privilege' seminar," 5 Apr. 2018 The right’s logic model had constituents embracing cuts to services, not rushing en masse to raise taxes on themselves. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "A new public education movement is emerging in Wisconsin, a rebuke to Gov. Walker’s war on labor and school privatization," 3 July 2018 The following Sunday, players knelt en masse to directly rebuke the president. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "How Trump’s Pressure Influenced the NFL to Change Its Anthem Rules," 30 May 2018 Some teams like Wake Forest, which defeated Ohio State in Tuesday’s N.C.A.A. final, travel en masse to Pro Circuit events, where the N.C.A.A. allows players to earn up to $10,000 a year to cover expenses. David Waldstein, New York Times, "As Tennis Tries to Thin Its Pro Ranks, the College Game May Suffer," 22 May 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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