esprit de corps

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 Such esprit de corps was pivotal as Valiant became a four-time winner this year, climbing to the No. 1 spot among our midsize companies after placing second in 2019. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "‘What didn’t we innovate?’ asks Top 100 winner Valiant Residential," 12 Nov. 2020 Some changes that seemed minor to outsiders — such as allowing members of airborne units to wear distinctive burgundy berets — helped boost esprit de corps. Washington Post, "Edward C. Meyer, general who revamped post-Vietnam ‘hollow Army,’ dies at 91," 14 Oct. 2020 Inevitably, perhaps, police will feel the need to have one another’s backs and develop a certain esprit de corps. Kevin Baker, Harper's Magazine, "Which Side Are You On?," 18 Aug. 2020 Even some call centers that depend on the esprit de corps forged in group settings are embracing remote work. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Will the remote work craze sparked by COVID-10 sound a death knell for office buildings?," 14 July 2020 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

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First Known Use of esprit de corps

1780, in the meaning defined above

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“Esprit de corps.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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