tour de force

\ ˌtu̇r-də-ˈfȯrs How to pronounce tour de force (audio) \
plural tours de force\ ˌtu̇r-​də-​ˈfȯrs How to pronounce tour de force (audio) \

Definition of tour de force

: a feat or display of strength, skill, or ingenuity the movie is a comic tour de force

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Examples of tour de force in a Sentence

The book is a tour de force. Her performance in the play was a real tour de force.
Recent Examples on the Web It is meant to be a tour de force but is monotonous. Armond White, National Review, "Pieces of a Woman Falls Apart," 14 Apr. 2021 With Elliott acting as emcee, the video was a vampy, MTV-ready tour de force. Matthew Jacobs, Rolling Stone, "‘Lady Marmalade’: Inside the Vampy, Gossip-Fueling ‘Moulin Rouge’ Remake, 20 Years Later," 7 Apr. 2021 And then there’s the film’s signature setpiece, a tour de force of horror filmmaking that takes place toward the end of its second act. Tres Dean, Vulture, "The Empty Man Is the Next Great Cult Horror Film," 6 Apr. 2021 What a magnificent tour de force example of print journalism. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Feedback: Woody Allen’s defenders and cancel culture," 17 Mar. 2021 It’s a tour de force of sympathetic scholarship, in which Olsen finds uncanny echoes of her own fiction in Davis’s life and work. New York Times, "Tillie Olsen Captured the Toll of Women’s Labor — on Their Lives and Art," 25 Mar. 2021 The book is a tour de force, meticulously researched, engaging, deeply humane and compulsively readable. Marc M. Arkin, WSJ, "‘Doomed Romance’ Review: An Ideal Relationship," 5 Mar. 2021 Gary Vaynerchuk is a tour de force in today’s marketing industry and a regular sight on social media. Celinne Da Costa, Forbes, "Top 7 PR & Branding Firms For Entrepreneurs In 2021," 4 Mar. 2021 Oregon State was a tour de force for the entire 10 minutes, hitting 12 of 15 shots and scoring 31 points. oregonlive, "Rapidly rising Oregon State gets the time it needs to mature, and Beavers now 2 wins away from a Pac-12 tournament title," 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of tour de force

1802, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tour de force was in 1802

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20 Apr 2021

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“Tour de force.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tour de force

: a very skillful and successful effort or performance

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