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