empressement

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French empressement.

Noun[edit]

empressement (uncountable)

  1. (now archaic) Animated cordiality; friendliness, enthusiasm. [from 18th c.]
    • Edgar Allan Poe
      He grasped my hand with a nervous empressement.
    • 1924, Ford Madox Ford, Some Do Not…, Penguin 2012 (Parade's End), p. 13:
      So Macmaster saw – almost physically – Sir Reginald Ingleby perceiving the empressement with which his valued subordinate was treated in the drawing-rooms of Mrs. Leamington, Mrs. Cressy, the Hon. Mrs. de Limoux […].

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From empresser +‎ -ment.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

empressement m (plural empressements)

  1. attentiveness
  2. eagerness, alacrity

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