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See also: agrement
From French agrément. Doublet of agreement.
agrément (plural agréments)
- (in the plural, now rare) Pleasant qualities, charms. [from 18th c.]
- 1793, Frances Burney, Journals and Letters, Penguin, published 2001, page 359:
- There can be nothing imagined more charming, more fascinating than this Colony. Between their Sufferings and their agrémens, they occupy us almost wholly.
- 1904, William James, letter, 1 January:
- America does not offer the agréments to a tourist which almost any part of Europe offers.
- (music, in the plural) Grace notes. [from 18th c.]
- Formal approval given by a state government to a diplomat from another country. [from 19th c.]
- 1939, Harold Nicolson, Diplomacy:
- It is customary […] to sound a foreign government privately before making a formal application for an agrément.
- 2016 March 28, Peter Beaumont, The Guardian:
- Under diplomatic protocols, when a new ambassador is proposed if the accepting country does not officially accept the appointment – known as agrément – it is supposed to be understood that the appointment is rejected, the situation in Dayan’s case.
Inherited from Old French agrement. By surface analysis, agréer (“to accept”) + -ment.
agrément m (plural agréments)
- congeniality, amenity
- approval (permission)
- “agrément”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
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