à outrance

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French à outrance. Compare to the outrance.

Adverb[edit]

à outrance (not comparable)

  1. To the greatest extent, to the utmost.
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 79:
      Here a crucial political decision was taken by unaminous vote: the armed revolt under preparation would not be one single blow aimed at drawing concessions from France, but an "unlimited revolution" à outrance to continue until full independence was achieved.
    • 2006, Boyd Hilton, A Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People?:
      However, apart from Windham and Fitzwilliam (and also the King, whose views hardly counted any more), no one in Government had any relish left for an ideological war à outrance.
    • 2012, Catherine Peters, ‘Court in the Act’, Literary Review, issue 399:
      Two other young men, both tutors to her sons, also figured sentimentally in her diaries, though not à outrance.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Adverb[edit]

à outrance

  1. unremittingly, unflaggingly
  2. to the utmost, to the death.