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mot juste

[moh zhyst] /moʊ ˈʒüst/
noun, plural mots justes
[moh zhyst] /moʊ ˈʒüst/ (Show IPA).
the exact, appropriate word.
Can be confused
bon mot, mot juste. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "You have a nice instinct for the mot juste," she informed him.

  • It occurred to me that 'hungry' was perhaps the mot juste for him; but—hungry for what?

    Seven Men Max Beerbohm
  • We never find him searching for the mot juste as for a needle in a bottle of hay.

  • Now, Maupassant, of whom it has been said that he is the master of the mot juste, has never been a dealer in words.

  • And that is the mot juste, as the French have it; that is what the orphanage was, and what the good founder was—imposing.

    The Law and the Poor Edward Abbott Parry
  • The wedge-shaped mass, immense foundations and pointed apex were the mot juste in outline.

    Incredible Adventures Algernon Blackwood
  • I had already essayed to write, and was immensely keen on the mot juste, that Holy Grail of the period.

    Seven Men Max Beerbohm
  • The mixing up of our identities is probably explained by the fact that we are both stylists and seekers for the mot juste.

  • And yet, that inner commotion was so violent, he felt a little bewildered about the mot juste.

    Grey Roses

    Henry Harland
British Dictionary definitions for mot juste

mot juste

/mo ʒyst/
noun (pl) mots justes (mo ʒyst)
the appropriate word or expression
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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