Definition of épater in English:
verb(in phrase épater les bourgeois)
Shock people who are conventional or complacent.
- Whether this was born of a genuine revolutionary spirit or just to épater les bourgeois probably no longer matters.
- If his views are sincerely held, there sometimes seems to be an element of pour épater les bourgeois in his expression of them.
- Did her interest in photography owe as much to a real feeling for art or journalism as it did to an almost erotically charged desire, only too common among bored suburban teenagers, to épater les bourgeois?
Early 20th century: French, literally 'startle, shock'.
Definition of épater in:
- British & World English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in India
Most popular in Pakistan