Definitions

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

  • n. A reversal, as in policy; an about-face.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a reversal of policy, attitude or principle

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sudden change from one position, in a matter of principle, policy, or polities, to its direct opposite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a major change in attitude or principle or point of view

Etymologies

French, from Italian voltafaccia : volta (from voltare, to turn; see vault2) + faccia, face (from Vulgar Latin *facia; see face).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French (Wiktionary)

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