douceur

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French douceur ‎(sweetness), from Old French dolçor, dulcur, &c., from Latin dulcōr +‎ -em, from dulcis ‎(sweet). Naturalized in Middle English but treated as a French loanword from the 17th century onward.

Noun[edit]

douceur ‎(plural douceurs)

  1. Sweetness of manner: agreeableness, gentleness.
  2. (obsolete) Sweet speech: a compliment.
  3. A sweetener: a gift offered to sweeten another's attitude, a tip or bribe.
  4. (Britain) A tax break provided as an inducement to sell valuable items (especially art) to public collections rather than on the open market.

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References[edit]

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 1st ed. "douceur, n." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 1897.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French dolçor, from Late Latin dulcor, dulcōrem, from Latin dulcis.

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Noun[edit]

douceur f ‎(plural douceurs)

  1. softness, tenderness
  2. sweetness

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