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

Examples of esprit de corps in a Sentence

The troops showed great esprit de corps.
Recent Examples on the Web The encampments shared a ragged esprit de corps, but Jungle reality often punctured romantic illusion. Photographs Todd Heisler, New York Times, 19 May 2024 The switch to an all-volunteer force was also meant to raise the military’s esprit de corps. Juan Quiroz, Foreign Affairs, 5 Jan. 2024 His esprit de corps is on full display in his TikTok fandom. Vulture, 20 Sep. 2023 Gamble’s esprit de corps foreshadows Moonrise Kingdom’s Khaki Scouts; his loyalty work ethic would later be found in Grand Budapest’s Zero; and his guilelessness is reflected in Chaz Tenenbaum’s twin sons. Joe Reid, Vulture, 26 June 2023 The flywheel of improvement inspires an enviable esprit de corps. Melissa Wong, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022 That made for spectacular esprit de corps. Corey S Powell, Discover Magazine, 16 Mar. 2020 Still, Artz concedes that fewer in-person interactions between headquarter workers and store workers over the past two years has hurt the company's esprit de corps and created distance between employees and management, especially when meeting for the first time. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2022 The esprit de corps is unrivaled. Outside Online, 29 May 2022

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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 25 May. 2024.

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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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