cri de coeur

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French cri du cœur, meaning approximately “a cry from the heart”.



cri de coeur (plural cris de coeur)

  1. An impassioned outcry, appeal, protest or entreaty.
    • 2012, Stephen King, 11/22/63, p. 308:
      What do you think of Mr. Salinger's cri de coeur?
    • 2014 May 28, John McWhorter, “Saint Maya”, in The New Republic[1], →ISSN:
      Personal accounts of racial discrimination were eagerly sought by whites seeking to understand "those people," while blacks justly valued them as overdue cris de coeur.
    • 2015 August 27, Michael Signer, “What Happens When Donald Trump Stirs Up 'Passionate' Supporters”, in The Atlantic[2]:
      McCarthy’s reign was dangerous, but it lasted only three years, and it was attorney Joseph Welch’s heartfelt cri de Coeur during the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954—“Have you no sense of decency, sir?”—that rang the loudest.