tour de force

noun

plural tours de force ˌtu̇r-də-ˈfȯrs How to pronounce tour de force (audio)
: a feat or display of strength, skill, or ingenuity
the movie is a comic tour de force

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 What this absolutism produced, of course, was not another fusty neo-Edwardian novel à la Orwell’s earlier Keep the Aspidistra Flying, but a wild, aggrieved tour de force of dystopian erotica. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, 5 Apr. 2024 Jones, a scene-stealer in supporting roles for years, gives a tour de force lead performance that toggles between unsettling, yearning and tender. Jen Yamato, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 The album in question is, of course, My 21st Century Blues, an evocative tour de force of fearless songwriting and bombastic vocal performances. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 14 Mar. 2024 The omission is important, but Sailing the Graveyard Sea is still something of a tour de force. Howard Schneider, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 Even though the suspense is there, this incredibly sophisticated tour de force focuses mostly on observing its characters from a distance, as well as the pivotal events that bring change and trauma to their lives. Ernesto Lechner, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2024 The fact that Karol G is a woman and would be the first woman to snag this win, is a bonus, but should not for one second take away from the fact that this set is a tour de force. Leila Cobo, Billboard, 2 Feb. 2024 The bottom line is that the Rivian R1S is an impressive technical tour de force that delivers genuine long-range driving on a single charge and the ability to carry the whole family. Dan Carney, Popular Science, 1 Feb. 2024 The filmmaking tour de force is full of big, important ideas and deserves to be seen. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 17 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

French

First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tour de force was in 1802

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“Tour de force.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tour%20de%20force. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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