femme incomprise

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French femme incomprise (literally misunderstood woman).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (French) IPA(key): /fam ɛ̃kɔ̃pʁiz/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /fam aŋkɒmˈpɹiːz/

Noun[edit]

femme incomprise (plural femmes incomprises)

  1. A misunderstood or unappreciated woman.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘A Second-rate Woman’, Under the Deodars, Folio Society 2005, p. 51:
      He posed as the horror of horrors – a misunderstood man. Heaven knows the femme incomprise is sad enough and bad enough – but the other thing!