acte gratuit

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French acte gratuit.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈækt ɡɹætˈwi/

Noun[edit]

acte gratuit (plural actes gratuits)

  1. An impulsive act lacking motive.
    • 1971, Angela Carter, ‘Mishima's Toy Sword’, in Shaking a Leg, Vintage 2013, p. 294:
      He was a superlative showman and, if his career ended at the age of forty-five in an acte gratuit, he had, after all, been compared to André Gide.

References[edit]

  • The Chambers Dictionary, 10th edition, 2006.