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douceur de vivre Line breaks: dou|ceur de vivre
Pronunciation: /duːˌsəː də ˈviːvr(ə)/
/dusœʀ də vivʀ/
(also douceur de vie viːvi)

Definition of douceur de vivre in English:


[mass noun]
A way of living that is pleasant and free from worries: the douceur de vivre enjoyed in the country houses of the very rich
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  • Objectives are equable climate, general douceur de vie and an absence of riff-raff.
  • It manifests douceur de vivre and ad-hocism: there are, for instance, the oddest lights which are like translucent orange flowerpots.
  • Many of us are still tempted to think of traditional French culture as the ultimate in civilisation and douceur de vivre.


French, literally 'sweetness of living (or life)'.

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