Definition of éclaircissement in English:

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Pronunciation: /āˌklersēsˈmänt/


archaic or literary
An enlightening explanation of something, typically someone’s conduct, that has been hitherto inexplicable.
Example sentences
  • In the tenth Eclaircissement of the Recherche de la verité, Malebranche deals with the nature of ideas.
  • Therefore on the day following the éclaircissement of the butlers' misdeeds, they met in the arbour to plan a new campaign.


French, from éclaircir 'clear up', from é (expressing a change of state) + clair (see clear).

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Syllabification: é·clair·cisse·ment

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