from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The claimed reason for the existence of something or someone; the sole or ultimate purpose of something or someone. (literally "reason to be")
- n. Plural form of raison d’être.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Reason or excuse for being; rational cause or ground for existence.
There is a certain identity in the raison d'être of the pumpkin and the sky-scraper.
[Page 425] lems of Italian politics with him, I was quite sure he understood the raison d'être for the Giordano Bruno Club.
It was suddenly made quite clear to me that I was lulling my conscience by a dreamer's scheme, that a mere paper reform had become a defense for continued idleness, and that I was making it a raison d'être for going on indefinitely with study and travel.
This is the raison d'être of Tantrism, that mystical system of union with the gods through sexual techniques such as karezza or achieving bliss without orgasm.