Definition of douceur in English:

douceur

Syllabification: dou·ceur
Pronunciation: /do͞oˈsər
 
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noun

  • A financial inducement; a gratuity or bribe: Pericles gave a handsome douceur to the Spartan commanders to withdraw without fighting
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    • He had arranged for fraudulent South Sea shares to be given to the king, and had overseen the distribution of douceurs in Parliament to help things along.
    • Clearly, the Contaminated Land Register has caused a market paralysis so there has to be a fiscal douceur to compensate.
    • He thoughtfully offered to forget the debt if the tenants gave him a ‘douceur’ of £1200 and emigrated to Australia or Canada.

Origin

mid 18th century: French, literally 'sweetness'.

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