esprit de corps


es·​prit de corps i-ˌsprē-də-ˈkȯr How to pronounce esprit de corps (audio)
: the common spirit existing in the members of a group and inspiring enthusiasm, devotion, and strong regard for the honor of the group

Example Sentences

The troops showed great esprit de corps.
Recent Examples on the Web Jones said the Mexican Marines are better trained, especially for special operations, and have a good esprit de corps, a feeling of fellowship and loyalty. Dallas News, 12 Jan. 2023 Just generally, there’s not enough of a kindred spirit for Henry to bounce off of (what Casey once brought to the table) or an overall wisecracking esprit de corps. Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune, 22 Feb. 2023 But the modest rent, which included two meals a day, and the esprit de corps counted for a lot. Joanne Kaufman, New York Times, 27 Jan. 2023 On the practical side, creating morale and esprit de corps is key. Betsy Atkins, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 The ferocity of their mission; the foxhole esprit de corps; that sense of doing truly important work — for half a decade, these men fell in love with their jobs and, to no small degree, with one another. Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone, 8 Jan. 2023 After Jones and Abelen were killed, fear and trepidation had crept in, eroding the unit’s esprit de corps. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 26 Dec. 2022 The drill teams are intended to be the face of each military branch, serving as ambassadors and demonstrating skill, discipline and esprit de corps for the public. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2022 However, this esprit de corps, or feeling of shared ownership/responsibility for the success of the offense and each other, seems to have taken over among offensive players. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 27 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1780, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of esprit de corps was in 1780

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“Esprit de corps.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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esprit de corps

es·​prit de corps is-ˌprēd-ə-ˈkō(ə)r How to pronounce esprit de corps (audio)
: enthusiastic devotion of members to a group and strong regard for the honor of the group
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