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

  • Dreyfus, Alfred 1859-1935. French army officer of Jewish descent who was convicted of treason (1894), sentenced to life imprisonment, and ultimately acquitted when the evidence against him was shown to have been forged by anti-Semites.

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  • n. French army officer of Jewish descent whose false imprisonment for treason in 1894 raised issues of anti-Semitism that dominated French politics until his release in 1906 (1859-1935)


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  • The statement was made in response to earlier media reports that the unit of Louis Dreyfus is considering, among other things, a merger with Olam, which processes agricultural commodities such as edible nuts, spices, cocoa, coffee and rice.

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  • The report, which didn't cite sources, said Louis Dreyfus is considering several possible scenarios and the group favored a possible listing of its commodities unit in Hong Kong or Singapore, as many of its clients are located in Asia.

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  • Couple things: Alice Quinn has been a mover and shaker at PSA for years; William Louis-Dreyfus is a Frost fanatic.

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  • Five years might go by without your hearing him say ‘out and out’ again, if during that time nobody mentioned the Dreyfus case, but if, at the end of five years, the name Dreyfus cropped up, ‘out and out’ would at once follow automatically.

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  • For years it had been used as a military prison, and here rumour has it Captain Dreyfus was confined for long months.

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  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus is comedic gold, add to the mix Wanda Sykes and the two mean mommies and you’ve got me laughing everytime.

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  • It isn’t exaggerating by much to say that both of these Jewish Frenchmen — products of the campaign to vindicate Captain Dreyfus — were viciously thwarted by a white-settler movement whose allegiance was to Pétain and Poujade, and in some cases to Charles Maurras and the Action Française.

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  • John Cleese is wasted as Inspector Dreyfus, which is probably for the best.

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  • Royalists and Fascists stirred up an agitation against the republic which recalled the Dreyfus case.

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  • "Is this man's name Dreyfus -- or -- or what is it?"

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