esprit de corps

es·​prit de corps | \i-ˌsprē-də-ˈkȯr \

Definition of esprit de corps 

: the common spirit existing in the members of a group and inspiring enthusiasm, devotion, and strong regard for the honor of the group

Examples of esprit de corps in a Sentence

The troops showed great esprit de corps.

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Not a good vibe for a group supposedly driven by a strong esprit de corps. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Sanders Announces Reelection Bid as Negative Buzz Builds About Our Revolution," 22 May 2018 The analogy isn’t meant to compare the mission types but rather the sense of independence from Big Army, and the esprit de corps therein. Matt Gallagher, WIRED, "Army of 01101111: The Making of a Cyber Battalion," 27 Mar. 2018 During our interview, Tirico praised the other NBC Olympic hosts—Ahmed Fareed, Rebecca Lowe, Carolyn Manno and Liam McHugh—for an esprit de corps among the hosts. Richard Deitsch,, "Media Circus: Mike Tirico Reflects on First NBC Olympics Hosting Experience," 25 Feb. 2018 Yin stands in the shadow of a king; bringing light, and life, and relevance, to this brand will require esprit de corps. Vogue, "Poiret Is Being Revived a Century After Its Heyday—Will It Matter to Fashion Audiences in 2018?," 30 Jan. 2018 Contemplative solo walks have their merits; esprit de corps is not one of them. Linda Immediato, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Griffith Park Night Hike Is, Surprisingly, Not Terrifying," 25 Jan. 2018 Meghan Eckman captured the worldview and esprit de corps of the attendants in her 2010 documentary The Parking Lot Movie. Jordan Taylor, Slate Magazine, "Meet the Charlottesville icon who stood up to Jason Kessler and had a stroke after being attacked by white nationalists.," 20 Aug. 2017 We are bound to one another by the kind of esprit de corps that comes with the pursuit of magic—magic in the vineyards, on the table, at the drawing board. Town & Country, "A Tribute to the Napa Valley," 26 Oct. 2017 Not counting Sundays and processing, that's seventy days to establish esprit de corps and learn basic combat skills. Alex French, Esquire, "The Mysterious Death of a Muslim Marine Recruit," 11 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of esprit de corps

1780, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of esprit de corps

: feelings of loyalty, enthusiasm, and devotion to a group among people who are members of the group

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