apprivoiser

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From Vulgar Latin *apprīvātiāre, from Latin prīvātus (deprived; freed, released), perfect passive participle of prīvō (I bereave, deprive; I free, release).

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apprivoiser

  1. to tame
    • 1875, Georges Bizet, Carment, Act I:
      L’amour est un oiseau rebelle / Que nul ne peut apprivoiser, / []
      Love is a rebellious bird / That none can tame, / []
    • 1943, Antoine de Saint-Expupéry, Le Petit Prince
      Viens jouer avec moi, lui proposa le petit prince. [] Je ne puis pas jouer avec toi, dit le renard. Je ne suis pas apprivoisé.
      "Come play with me," proposed the little prince [to him]. [] "I cannot play with you," said the fox. "I am not tamed."

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