en masse

\ äⁿ(n)-ˈmas How to pronounce en masse (audio) , -ˈmäs, en- How to pronounce en masse (audio) \

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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The Writers Guild of America had been threatening to fire agents en masse unless the two sides could agree to new terms of employment. R.t. Watson, WSJ, "Hollywood Writers Postpone Firing Agents, Opting to Continue Talks," 7 Apr. 2019 These include the content (is the same exact message being pumped out en masse?), the voice (do the accounts participating in the campaign appear to be authentic?), and the dissemination pattern (is there evidence of mass automation?). Casey Newton, The Verge, "How a new class of “digital martyrs” are manipulating social networks," 18 Sep. 2018 Obviously, this was before newspaper chains realized that reporters dying en masse is cost-efficient. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "What, me worry? Preparing to spend two weeks at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang," 8 Feb. 2018 My surprise at seeing the rabbits burst out of the brush en masse was a visual treat. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Driving 600 miles to hunt rabbits didn’t seem like a harebrained idea," 16 Jan. 2018 The handset industry is hopeful the forthcoming next-generation 5G networks, which could be 100 times faster in speed, will unlock new uses for the smartphone and entice people to upgrade en masse. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The Big Hangup: Why the Future Is Not Just Your Phone," 12 Jan. 2019 Outdoor power equipment is a $10.6 billion dollar market, and is moving en masse to cordless, for environmental, noise, and convenience reasons. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Stihl Has a Cordless Outdoor Power Tool for Everybody," 20 Oct. 2016 Once again, electric cars were the talk of the show, but the lengthy timelines put forth illustrate that for many car makers their arrival en masse at showrooms could still be a ways off. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Detroit Auto Show Highlights Big SUVs, High-Performance Vehicles," 15 Jan. 2019 In April, celebs descended upon California Coachella festival en masse; but Lili and Cole skipped the music and crowds in favor of an island getaway instead. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart's Best Moments of 2018," 28 Dec. 2018

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1795, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of en masse

: as a single group : all together

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