esprit de corps

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n esprit de corps the spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Esprit de corps a French phrase much used by English writers to denote the common spirit pervading the members of a body or association of persons. It implies sympathy, enthusiasm, devotion, and jealous regard for the honor of the body as a whole.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Esprit de corps (es-prē′ d' kōr) regard for the character of that body to which one belongs
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. esprit, spirit, corps, body, fort, strong.

Usage

In literature:

Esprit de corps was his shibboleth.
"Fanny Herself" by Edna Ferber
At the same instant, rallied by the esprit de corps, all the comrades of the conquered man fell upon the conqueror.
"Ten Years Later" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Our discipline, our esprit de corps, if I may so term it, was perfect.
"Drift from Two Shores" by Bret Harte
But Ridgway's potent personality had built up an esprit de corps not easily to be broken.
"Ridgway of Montana" by William MacLeod Raine
But here the mercurial Wynbrook interposed on behalf of amity and the camp's esprit de corps.
"Trent's Trust and Other Stories" by Bret Harte
They, like himself, must enter a beneficent machine, and learn the value of esprit de corps.
"The Longest Journey" by E. M. Forster
Esprit de corps awoke.
"The Blazed Trail" by Stewart Edward White
The esprit de corps was stronger than her own wrongs.
"Under Two Flags" by Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
Esprit de corps, which is the life-blood of caste, has vanished.
"Tales of Bengal" by S. B. Banerjea
A kind of esprit de corps animates the ploughmen to a vigorous ambition in the work.
"A Walk from London to John O'Groat's" by Elihu Burritt
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In news:

Bulldog teams' esprit de corps.
Bulldog teams' esprit de corps .
Behind looms the Washington Monument, an obelisk to the hero of the American Revolution and Constitution and a fitting symbol of the Tea Party's esprit de corps.
If you're looking to instill some esprit de corps in your little soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines this holiday season, we've done the shopping for you.
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