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cause célèbre

Definitions

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

  • noun An issue arousing widespread controversy or heated public debate.
  • noun A celebrated legal case.

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  • noun An issue or incident (originally, a legal case) arousing widespread controversy or public debate.

Etymologies

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

[French : cause, case + célèbre, celebrated.]

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From French cause ("cause, case") + célèbre ("famous"), in the title of a famous 18-century compilation of famous legal cases, Nouvelles Causes Célèbres.

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  • thanks for the accented version :)

    December 7, 2006

  • That is an impressively accented word.

    December 7, 2006