tour de force

noun
\ ˌtu̇r-də-ˈfȯrs \
plural tours de force\ ˌtu̇r-​də-​ˈfȯrs \

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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Synonyms

deed, exploit, feat, number, stunt, trick

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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.

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With a colorful, vintage-inspired fashion sense that has garnered its own following, Jessica Williams is a millennial style tour de force. Reed Krakoff, Town & Country, "Tiffany & Co. Wants to Change the Rules of How to Wear a Diamond," 27 Nov. 2018 The photographic tour de force, a five-page foldout, connects then and now in a continuum of the society’s legacy of conservation. Cathy Newman, WSJ, "Saving Earth’s Oldest Living Things," 7 Dec. 2018 His opening scene, in which 24 chiefs of German industry assemble in Berlin in 1933 to pay tribute to Hitler—high-ups from Siemens, Opel and I.G. Farben among them—is a tour de force. James Campbell, WSJ, "‘The Order of the Day’ Review: When Adolf Came," 27 Sep. 2018 That was a tour de force from FDR betraying Central Europe-- HANNITY: Right. GORKA: -- right up through Khrushchev and Kennedy. Fox News, "Mark Levin on media freakout over Trump-Putin summit," 18 July 2018 The result is a genuine tour de force that makes one exult in the craft of the great actor. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "What’s on at the Theater? A Comprehensive Guide to London’s Best Shows This Fall," 18 Oct. 2018 The Weight of These Wings was a rugged and revealing tour de force. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Summer concerts: U2, Lauryn Hill, Taylor Swift and more come to Philly," 6 June 2018 Jen Pelka is the tour de force behind San Francisco’s hit institution, the Riddler—a Champagne lounge-bar located in the Hayes Valley district. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "A Champagne Lover’s Guide to Hosting a Last-Minute Bastille Day Soirée," 13 July 2018 And Vargas Llosa has published so many novels — 18 in all — that the tours de force can get lost among the mediocrities. Marcela Valdes, New York Times, "The Elder Statesman of Latin American Literature — and a Writer of Our Moment," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of tour de force

1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tour de force

French

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tour de force

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English Language Learners Definition of tour de force

: a very skillful and successful effort or performance

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