levy en masse

noun \ ¦levē- , -vi- + pronunciation at en masse \
variants: or less commonly levée en masse \" or lə¦vā-\ or levy in mass

Definition of levy en masse

plural levies en masse also levées en masse or levies in mass
international law
:the spontaneous act of the people of a territory not yet occupied by an enemy force of taking up arms for self-defense upon the approach of an enemy without having had time to organize in accordance with recognized rules of warfare

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Origin and Etymology of levy en masse

levy en masse & levy in mass translation of French levée en masse, from levée levy + en masse; levée en masse from French


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