Douceur

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Douceur A gift for service done or to be done; an honorarium; a present; sometimes, a bribe.
    • Douceur Gentleness and sweetness of manner; agreeableness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n douceur Sweetness or mildness of manner; kindness; gentleness.
    • n douceur A conciliatory offering; a present or gift; a reward; a bribe.
    • n douceur A kind or agreeable remark; a compliment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Douceur (dōō-sėr′) sweetness of manner (obs.): something intended to please, a present or a bribe
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. doux, sweet. See Douce
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. doux, douce, mild—L. dulcis, sweet.

Usage

In literature:

He held the door for me, and, giving him his douceur, I set my foot on the step.
"Rupert of Hentzau" by Anthony Hope
It was a Battle EN DOUCEUR (soft to one's wish).
"History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVIII. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--Seven-Years War Rises to a Height.--1757-1759." by Thomas Carlyle
On s'endort, et tout meurt, mais un affreux reveil Doit succeder peut etre aux douceurs du sommeil!
"Letters on England" by Voltaire
This 'douceur' is not so easily described as felt.
"The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son" by The Earl of Chesterfield
He was, under the Directory, menaced with a prosecution for his pillage, but bought it off by a douceur to Rewbel, Barras, and Siyes.
"Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete" by Lewis Goldsmith
I did not, however, obtain any advance in my weekly wages; but on "good-days" got a douceur, varying from half a crown to half a sovereign!
"The Sketches of Seymour (Illustrated), Part 5." by Robert Seymour
I did not, however, obtain any advance in my weekly wages; but on "good-days" got a douceur, varying from half a crown to half a sovereign!
"The Sketches of Seymour (Illustrated), Complete" by Robert Seymour
By giving a handsome douceur to the Sub-Inspector, Kumodini Babu obtained a promise of support, which he was simple enough to rely upon.
"Tales of Bengal" by S. B. Banerjea
A douceur from the young chap secured the repose of his uncle.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, October 9, 1841" by Various
On arriving there, he went upstairs, and by a douceur to the waiter, got a large tumbler filled with spirits.
"Phil Purcel, The Pig-Driver; The Geography Of An Irish Oath; The Lianhan Shee" by William Carleton
A douceur from the young chap secured the repose of his uncle.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
Now, the Countess spent her time around the tables, following the winners and getting douceurs from them.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
The scene was ended by the sudden entrance of Buttons, who, motioning to Mr. Figgs, proceeded to give each waiter a douceur.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
We all know the Spanish sentries, and I think their hands are always ready to receive some little douceur.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
Est-ce une douceur qui charme l'oreille?
"By-ways in Book-land" by William Davenport Adams
The douceurs terminate the repast, succeeded by the dessert.
"Four Years in France" by Henry Digby Beste
A year ago the douceur (often fruitless) would have gone to the officials of the Chat Vivant.
"A Wanderer in Paris" by E. V. Lucas
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In news:

Renee-Nicole Douceur, who was evacuated from a South Pole research station two months after she experienced a stroke, speaks about her recovery at a news conference at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Friday, Oct 28, 2011.
Last week, we reported on Renee-Nicole Douceur, a researcher who's been stranded in the South Pole since suffering a stroke in August.
After awaiting rescue for seven agonizing weeks, Douceur has finally begun to make her way back home, 'Today' reports.
Renee-Nicole Douceur (AP Photo/Courtesy of Renee-Nicole Douceur) more.
This photo dated October 2002 shows an aerial view of US Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica where Renee-Nicole Douceur has been stranded.
That's exactly what happened to 58-year-old Renee-Nicole Douceur, a worker at the Amundsen-Scott research station in the South Pole , when she suffered a stroke in late August, reported Today.
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