bouleversement love


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

  • n. A violent uproar; a tumult.
  • n. A reversal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Complete overthrow; reversal; turmoil

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Complete overthrow; disorder; a turning upside down.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A turning upside down; the act of overturning; the state of being overturned; overthrow; overturn; subversion; hence, generally, convulsion or confusion.


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

French, from Old French bouleverser, to overturn : boule, ball (from Latin bulla) + verser, to overturn (from Old French, from Latin versāre, frequentative of vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots).



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  • The polity's trust has been rended

    And amity's wagon upended,

    A brute renversement

    A bouleversement

    A wreck that's not readily mended.

    November 15, 2016

  • I believe that's on reesetee's list of the several stages of addiction to this site.

    January 3, 2012

  • Came here to say "cool word!" only to find my comment from three and a half years ago.

    January 3, 2012

  • "We had thought these bouleversements might cease, but the deaths of our men…this is where we need you to step in."

    A Burial at Sea by Charles Finch, p 23

    January 2, 2012

  • JM is so upset that he can’t use the beautiful word ‘bouleversement’ more often.

    April 25, 2011

  • "Bouleversement de toute ma personne." -Marcel Proust, A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu

    October 26, 2009

  • For the second time in his life Amory had had a complete bouleversement and was hurrying into line with his generation.

    - Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

    April 10, 2008