Definition of hors de combat in English:

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hors de combat

Pronunciation: /ˌôr də ˌkämˈbä/


Out of action due to injury or damage: their pilots had been rendered temporarily hors de combat
More example sentences
  • These persons hors de combat are the wounded and sick, shipwrecked, prisoners of war and civilians.
  • The Geneva Conventions impose on those that become hors de combat the obligation to cease all combatant actions.
  • If so, they are not hors de combat and not protected from attack.


Mid 18th century: French, literally 'out of the fight'.

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Syllabification: hors de com·bat

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