bouleversement love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Complete overthrow; reversal; turmoil

Etymologies

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- in Indo-European roots).]

Examples

  • Perhaps it is because some of the bouleversement is directed at precisely what I represented in office: liberal economic policies, market reforms in welfare and public services, and engagement and intervention abroad.

    Tony Blair Takes on the World

  • Chaos, disorder, bouleversement, * confusion, scuffle (and even bordel) * are all synonyms to the French word "chantier."

    chantier - French Word-A-Day

  • Chaos, disorder, bouleversement, * confusion, scuffle (and even bordel) * are all synonyms to the French word "chantier."

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Chaos, disorder, bouleversement, * confusion, scuffle (and even bordel) * are all synonyms to the French word "chantier."

    French Word-A-Day:

  • It conveyed exquisitely the notion of the bouleversement de tous les sens: that state of neurasthenic excitement in which images whirled chaotically before the inward eye, impressing on the seer an overwhelming sense of their vividness and spiritual truth (Castle 159).

    Smoke and Mirrors: Internalizing the Magic Lantern show in _Vilette_

  • Chaos, disorder, bouleversement,* confusion, scuffle and even bordel* are all synonyms to the French word "chantier."

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Chaos, disorder, bouleversement,* confusion, scuffle and even bordel* are all synonyms to the French word "chantier."

    chantier - French Word-A-Day

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

    This Side of Paradise

  • To the world (perhaps I should say, to the opera world) at large, things have been going along relatively smoothly at Bayreuth since the centennial year 1976, when Patrice Chéreau and Pierre Boulez created a sensation by their bouleversement of Der Ring des Niebelungen, and when the former director of the festival, Winifred Wagner, daughter-in-law of Richard, did likewise by celebrating her Nazi past on camera for Hans Jürgen Syberberg.

    Bayreuth Blues

  • Inspired by this veritable bouleversement, H. Feigl impudently defined philoso - phy as “the disease of which it should be the cure.”

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

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  • 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

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

    October 26, 2009

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

    April 25, 2011

  • "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

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

    January 3, 2012

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

    January 3, 2012

  • 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