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  • n. A loanword borrowed from French


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From French gallicisme.


  • If there was any doubts as to my being french, that gallicism has now blown them to kingdom come.


  • At the outset we must note that “motif” is a gallicism, thereby set apart from the broader implications of its English cognate “motive.”


  • Don Nicolás Estévanez, who imagined himself an anarchist, would fly into a rage if he read an article which concealed a gallicism in it.

    Youth and Egolatry

  • This, translated into French, became that horrible gallicism: _la bêtise Biche_.

    The Lord of the Sea

  • III. i.185 (151,7) [I fly not death, to fly his deadly doom] _To fly his doom_, used for _by flying_, or _in flying_, is a gallicism.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • This expression is no longer used in French, but the English gallicism to flirt has made its way and has now become an anglicism.

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  • If the price to pay is the occasional gallicism, I’d say that’s more than fair.

    Campbell nominee interview: Aliette de Bodard

  • I still shudder each time I hear someone say ‘duvet,’ a repulsive gallicism, rather than ‘eiderdown,’ which to me and I’m sure you’ll agree with me on this seems to be a very lovely, rather noble word.

    The Book of Chameleons


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