percer

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French percier, from Vulgar Latin *pertusiāre, from Latin pertusus (perforated). Compare Italian pertugiare.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

percer

  1. to pierce
  2. (figuratively) to unravel, see through
    • 2017 December 22, François Forestier, “Ne ratez pas : "Tootsie"”, in L'Obs[1]:
      Un comédien new-yorkais finit par percer en se travestissant en femme.
      A New York comedian ends up unraveling by dressing up as a woman.

Conjugation[edit]

This verb is part of a group of -er verbs for which ‘c’ is softened to a ‘ç’ before the vowels ‘a’ and ‘o’.

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