Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An impassioned outcry, as of entreaty or protest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An impassioned outcry, appeal, protest or entreaty.

Etymologies

French cri de cœur : cri, cry + de, of + cœur, heart.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French meaning approximately "a cry from the heart" (Wiktionary)

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  • "No, before you say it, I can't go running back to Pater with yet another cri de coeur" (Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 044.3).

    January 24, 2010

  • "Cry from the heart"; an ardent, impassioned declaration, appeal or lament.

    May 16, 2008