tour de force

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


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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What results is an urgent and kaleidoscopic tour de force that is both entertaining and a disruptive snapshot of black life., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 16 Sep. 2019 Joaquin Phoenix gives a tour de force performance, fearless and stunning in its emotional depth and physicality. Joey Nolfi,, "Joaquin Phoenix earns rave Joker reviews at Venice Film Festival," 31 Aug. 2019 The paper was an engineering tour de force, and presumably a key catalyst in DeepMind’s January 2014 sale to Google. Gary Marcus, WIRED, "DeepMind's Losses and the Future of Artificial Intelligence," 14 Aug. 2019 This movements stands as a tour de force of orchestration and tone painting. Howard Reich,, "Orbert Davis’ epic ‘The Chicago River’ returns on DVD and CD," 15 July 2019 Acquiring pass rusher Khalil Mack at the end of the preseason helped position the Bears for a defensive tour de force: Fewest points (17.7 average), rushing yards (80.0) and yards per play (4.8), and most takeaways (35) and interceptions (27). Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "For Vic Fangio, journey to Broncos’ head coach nearly 40 years in the making," 14 July 2019 Fashion and Hollywood have long had a reciprocal relationship, but this shoot—conducted in New York over two days shortly before Christmas in what Ghesquière described as a tour de force of logistics—makes the synergies explicit. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Who Needs a Runway? Nicolas Ghesquière Hires an A-List Power Posse For His Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall Lookbook," 14 Jan. 2019 If nothing else, the movie is a double tour de force of acting. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "Despite stellar performances, ‘The Seagull’ never quite takes flight," 14 June 2018 The Weight of These Wings was a rugged and revealing tour de force. Dan Deluca,, "Summer concerts: U2, Lauryn Hill, Taylor Swift and more come to Philly," 6 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tour de force

: a very skillful and successful effort or performance

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