idée-force

noun
\ -ˈfō(ə)rs \
plural idées-forces\ -​rs(ə̇z) \

Definition of idée-force

: an idea considered as a real factor in the behavior of an individual or social group and thus in the course of events

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History and Etymology for idée-force

French, from idée idea + force

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“Idée-force.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/id%C3%A9e-force. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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