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mot juste

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Pronunciation: /məʊ ˈʒuːst
, mo ʒyst/

Definition of mot juste in English:

noun (plural mots justes pronounced same)

(the mot juste)
The exact, appropriate word: that’s the mot juste, I think
More example sentences
  • I think there are many instances where a ‘crude’ word or phrase is the mot juste.
  • ‘Having been at sea for many weeks, the participants,’ he says, searching for the mot juste, ‘had a look of lust in their eyes.’
  • But if they actually were implicated in the one morally appalling drama of having attempted to wipe out an entire people, ‘sorry’ isn't quite the mot juste.



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