esprit de corps

noun
es·​prit de corps | \ i-ˌsprē-də-ˈkȯr How to pronounce esprit de corps (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web But the military refashioned itself and today maintains a high degree of institutional esprit de corps. Michael Knox Beran, National Review, "Can Today’s Soulless Institutions Be Revived?," 6 Feb. 2020 Above all, there is the idealism and esprit de corps that sport engenders. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "To Understand America, Look to Its College Sports," 17 Jan. 2020 Whatever it is called, the aim is to inculcate a galactic esprit de corps. The Economist, "Donald Trump unveils Space Command," 5 Sep. 2019 And so there is a strong esprit de corps, there is a strong allegiance, not just to the organization but to the country. CBS News, "Transcript: Carl Ghattas talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 13 Nov. 2019 Whatever it is called, the aim is to inculcate a galactic esprit de corps. The Economist, "Donald Trump unveils Space Command," 5 Sep. 2019 After the fighting, Gagnon would point to a Marine in the iconic image of that moment, an infantryman largely obscured in the Pulitzer Prize-winning picture of courage, esprit de corps, and love of country. BostonGlobe.com, "In announcing the correction, the Marine Corps praised Gagnon for his service on Iwo Jima.," 18 Oct. 2019 Whatever it is called, the aim is to inculcate a galactic esprit de corps. The Economist, "Donald Trump unveils Space Command," 5 Sep. 2019 Whatever it is called, the aim is to inculcate a galactic esprit de corps. The Economist, "Donald Trump unveils Space Command," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of esprit de corps

1780, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for esprit de corps

French

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“Esprit de corps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/esprit%20de%20corps. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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esprit de corps

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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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